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PHIL 5500 Philosophy of Law (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

This course aims to provide an overview of a number of core debates in contemporary philosophy of law. The primary concern will be to examine the relation between legal validity and the moral normativity of the law, that is, answers to the questions ‘What is the law?’ and ‘Is there a (moral) duty to obey the law?’ In addition to these more general questions, we will focus on several more specific questions pertaining to constitutionalism, including ‘What is the relationship between a constitution and the rule of law?’, ‘What is the ground of judicial review?’ and ‘What connection, if any, is there between questions of legal theory and broader debates in contemporary political philosophy?’

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Paul Van Rooy

Prerequisites: Students must have completed their Core requirement in Philosophy in order to register.

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Last Updated: 27-Feb-18