PHI6364 The Philosophy of Law

Law is a pervasive feature of modern societies and exerts claim over more or less all areas of our lives. But what is law? Is it simply a method of social control? Doea law have authority on the basis of which its claims over us are justified? Is there a duty to obey the law? Are there principled limits to the reach of law into e.g. our private lives? How does law relate to individual rights? This course will look at these fundamental questions about the nature and justification of law. It will also look at particular areas of law, such as tort and criminal law, and will look at critiques of modern law.

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.