Philosophy of Law

Philippos Vassiloyannis

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This course examines basic issues in the philosophy of law, especially the fundamental principles of law, from an historical point of view

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Course Description, Schedule of Readings, Guidelines

Instructor Philippos Vassiloyannis, Associate Professor

Course Description This course examines basic issues in the philosophy of law, especially the fundamental principles of law, from an historical point of view

Schedule of Lectures Legal Theory: an Introduction to Philosophy of Law Plato on Justice Aristotle on Justice Modern Natural Law: Hobbes 5 (continued): Locke 6 (continued): Kant Utilitarianism in Law Legal Positivism Rawls on Justice 10 Nozick on Justice 11 Interpretivism in Law 12 Legal Skepticism 

Textbook C.W. Maris & F.C.L.M. Jacobs, Law, Order and FreedomA Historical Introduction to Legal Philosophy, translated by J.R. de Ville (Dordrecht: Springer, 2011)

Term Paper The paper (about 5.000 words) is due on the course website on June 30 Topics (1) Law and justice: Justice and private law (2) The concept of right: Locke on property (3) Social contract: Nozick on minimal state (4) Property and State: Kant on property and state (5) Distributive justice and public law: Rawlsian theory of justice (6) Equality and liberty: Dworkin on equality Required Readings (1) Ernest J. Weinrib, “Corrective Justice in a Nutshell”, University of Toronto Law Journal 52 (2002), pp. 349-356 (2) Karl Olivecrona, “Appropriation in the State of Nature: Locke on the Origin of Property”, Journal of the History of Ideas 35 (1974), pp. 211-230 (3) Robert Nozick, “Distributive Justice”, in Alan Ryan (ed.), Justice (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993), pp. 95-116 (4) Ernest J. Weinrib, “Poverty and Property in Kant’s System of Rights”, Corrective Justice (op. cit., 2012), pp. 263-296 (5) John Rawls, “Distributive Justice”, in Alan Ryan (ed.), Justice (op. cit.), pp. 73-94 (6) Ronald Dworkin, “Equality”, Justice for Hedgehogs (Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011), pp. 351-363 Bibliography See the relevant entries in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Links Guidelines (Jim Pryor) Guidelines on Writing a Philosophy Paper / Guidelines on Reading Philosophy / Philosophical Terms and Methods (Michael Huemer) A Guide to Writing (Peter Horban) Writing A Philosophy Paper

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