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LAWS 7761 Philosophy of Law:Freedom&Authority/Criminal Law (Fall: 1 or 3 )

Course Description

One phenomenon is universally implicated in social order: organized violence. Of all forms of organized violence, none is more routinely deployed than punishment for criminal offenses. From time immemorial, societies have sought in the distribution of punishment a mechanism to promote their most cherished values and avert their greatest fears. This has become true of the global society as well. Criminal law is the arena where the social or biological misfortunes of individuals, the blameworthy deficiencies of their will and intention, and the power of social orders all face off. This 3-credits (4-credits optional) course interrogates the conditions under which punitive violence may transmute into legal authority consistent with freedom, equality, and dignity.


Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17