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LAWS 6660 Foundations of Western Law (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

This seminar will place students into a conversation with some of the key thinkers who have shaped our modern Western legal traditions. In addition to Plato and Aristotle, the readings will be drawn from 17th, 18th, and 19th century English, French and German political philosophers. Themes include: how these authors influenced common and civil law systems; the relation among religion, law and morality and the problem of human knowing; the concepts of "law", "reason", "human nature" and the foundations of rights theory; the shift from the good to legitimacy; the rise of individualism and the problem of community.

Instructor(s): Thomas C. Kohler

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: PHIL6660


Last Updated: 24-Jun-17