Course ID: 215614

Overview

This course provides a critical introduction to central issues in general jurisprudence, that is, the theory of law in general. Our overarching question is deceivingly simple: `What is law?' To attempt to answer this question, we will explore: the functions and types of laws; authority; legal rights and obligations; legal reasoning and argument; the connections between law and morality; among other topics. The aim of the course is to introduce you to thinking philosophically about the law and to methodological and normative questions concerning law; to provide you with knowledge of some of the most influential legal and political philosophies and their theses on law; to encourage and enable you to think about doctrinal legal questions from a philosophical perspective; and to help you develop legal reasoning skills by training you in constructing abstract, philosophical arguments. Our approach is philosophical, but no prior background or training in philosophy is necessary.

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