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Fall 2011 Class Descriptions

As of 6/19/2018 5:28:54 AM


"Jurisprudence" is a word with many meanings. Here, it denotes the *

philosophical* study of law. In this short survey, we will address

questions related to the nature of law and legal systems. Is there a

difference between the exercise of legal authority and the wielding of brute

political power? What is the connection between law and morality? What is

the proper method for interpreting legal texts in the American legal system

(and how are we supposed to answer this question)? We will examine several

historically influential approaches to these issues, including those offered

by legal positivists, natural lawyers, and legal realists."

Professor Hershovitz

4.00 hours