PHIL 411 Philosophy of Law

Examines major views on the nature and justification of law and legal authority, with an emphasis on legal positivism and natural law theory. Legal formalism and legal realism (in both their classical and contemporary forms) are also studied as they relate to judicial decision making. These broad, major theories are then considered in relation to other legal and philosophical concepts such as rights, liberty, punishment, torture, and the relationship between law and morality.




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