Philosophy 375: Philosophy of Law

Fall Semester, 2005
Dr. Scott Kimbrough
Office Hours: M/W 9:45-11:45 or by appointment
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Course Description

American society prides itself for its adherence to the rule of law. But what, exactly, is law? Is it independent of, or subservient to, morality? What principles should guide the interpretation of the law? How does legal reasoning differ, if any, from ordinary reasoning? The course explores abstract questions such as these, often in the context of specific issues such as free speech, civil liability, and criminal punishment.

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There is no worse academic sin than plagiarism. Plagiarism consists in copying the work of another, in whole or in part, without citing the source. Plagiarized papers will receive a zero.

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