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November 24, 2022


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This course examines fundamental issues in the philosophy of law, including the nature and content of law

its relation to morality, theories of legal interpretation, and the obligation to obey the law, as well as philosophical issues and problems associated with punishment and responsibility, liberty, and legal ethics.

Course Curriculum

  • “The Province of Jurisprudence Determined and the Uses of the Study of Jurisprudence” Unlimited
  • “Law as the Union of Primary and Secondary Rules” Unlimited
  • “Taking Rights Seriously” Unlimited
  • “Law’s Empire” Unlimited
  • “Common-Law Courts in a Civil-Law System: The Role of United States Federal Courts in Interpreting the Constitution and Laws” and “Comment” Unlimited
  • “The Conflict Between Authority and Autonomy” Unlimited
  • “Is There a Prima Facie Obligation to Obey the Law?” Unlimited
  • “Law’s Empire” Unlimited
  • “Authority and Justification” Unlimited
  • “The Justification of Civil Disobedience” Unlimited
  • “Causation In The Law” Unlimited
  • “Decision Theory and the Factfinding Process” Unlimited
  • “Liability and Individualized Evidence” Unlimited
  • “Crime and Punishment: Distinguishing the Roles of Causal and Intentional Analyses Moral Judgment” Unlimited
  • “The Punishment That Leaves Something to Chance” Unlimited
  • “An Introduction to The Principles of Morals and Legislation” Unlimited
  • “Two Concepts of Rules” Unlimited
  • “The Liberal Argument from On Liberty” Unlimited
  • “Paternalism” Unlimited
  • “A Theory of Freedom of Expression” Unlimited
  • “Speech Acts and Unspeakable Acts” Unlimited
  • “Wrongful Life, Procreative Responsibility, and the Significance of Harm” Unlimited
  • “Reversal of Fortune” Unlimited
  • “Lawyers as Professionals: Some Moral Issues” Unlimited
  • “Professional Detachment: The Executioner of Paris” Unlimited

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology