PHI6364 The Philosophy of Law


Law is a pervasive feature of modern societies, and makes a claim to regulate almost everything that we do. The existence of law raises a number of important philosophical issues. What is law, and how does it differ from other types of social control or regulation? How should we understand the authority of law, and our duty to obey? How does law relate to morality and rights? This course will look at these questions, as well as looking at the theoretical basis of different areas of law, such as criminal law and "tort" law (or the law of damages). We will also look at some critical perspectives on law. During the course we will read some key legal theorists including H.L.A. Hart, Ronald Dworkin, Joseph Raz and Jeremy Waldron.

Lectures - Spring 2018

Tuesday 1-3pm - Hicks Building Lecture Theatre 4

This module is also available to undergraduates as PHI364.

If there are three or more postgraduates taking the module, a separate seminar will be scheduled for them.