Course Description

LAW 217 - Legal Philosophy

This course will provide an introduction to some central issues in the philosophy of law. The course will have two parts. First, we will consider some central questions in analytical jurisprudence, the study of the nature of law. What type of authority, if any, is essential to the law? Is the authority of law connected in some robust way to morality? What is the function of interpretation in the law? We will explore these questions by examining some of the main theoretical perspectives, including legal positivism, natural law theory, legal realism, and feminism. The second part of the course will focus on normative jurisprudence and seek to connect the theoretical issues of analytical jurisprudence with more concrete normative questions. The guiding thread will be the topic of human rights and how to think about them in relation to law. Specific topics may include free speech, capital punishment, torture, and material equality. 

Course Information:

Faculty Term Course Section Schedule Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Ariel Zylberman 16F 217 LEC 1 TR 9:00 AM - 10:25 AM 3.0 No Per instructor's discretion

Previous Course Offerings:

Faculty Term Course Section Schedule Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Stephen Nayak-Young 14F 217 LEC 1 TR 1:45 PM - 3:10 PM 3.0 No Per instructor's discretion
Daniela Dover 15F 217 LEC 1 TR 10:35 AM - 12:00 PM 3.0 No No
Interdisciplinary Courses, & Cross-Listed Courses; Professional Responsibility & The Legal Profession; Substantial Analytical Writing Requirement; Philosophy and Law;