PHIL 125
Introduction to the Philosophy of Law Fall 2019
Division II Writing Skills

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This tutorial, designed especially for first year students, is a philosophy course, not a prelaw course. We will examine basic questions in the philosophy of law: What is the relationship between law and morality? Why should one obey the law (if one should)? When, if ever, is paternalistic interference by the state into the lives of its citizens justified? We will look at civil disobedience and theories of legal interpretation. We will pay special attention to the first amendment and questions concerning free speech and hate speech. We will read classic works (such as John Stuart Mill, On Liberty and H. L. A. Hart, The Concept of Law), contemporary articles, and United States Supreme Court cases.
The Class: Format: tutorial; meeting with the instructor in pairs for an hour each week
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1972
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: a 5- to 7-page paper every other week (6 in all), prepare and present a written critique of their partners' papers in alternate weeks, and revise and re-write
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
WS Notes: A 5- to 7-page paper every other week (6 in all), prepare and present a written critique of their partners' papers in alternate weeks, and revise and re-write one of their papers. Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.

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