PHL 333 Philosophy of Law

Module One – Methodology

  • Week One – Inference to the Best Explanation
    • “Evidence, Explanation, and the Pursuit of Truth in Literature and Law”
    • O J Simpson trial
  • Week Two – Inference to the Best Legal Narrative
    • “Coherence, Correspondence, and the Truth in Legal Narrative”
    • “Excerpts from Giswold v. Connecticut

Module Two – Gay Marriage

  • Week Three – Background to Gay Marriage
    • Bowers v. Hardwick
    • Loving v. Virginia
    • “Privacy, Authenticity, & Equality: The Moral and Legal Case for Homosexual Marriage”
  • Week Four – Gay Marriage
    • Justice Kennedy
    • Justice Scalia

Module Three – Legal and Constitutional Privacy

  • Week Five – Privacy
    • Warren and Brandies
    • Parent
    • “Privacy and the Judgment of Others”
  • Week Six – Privacy
    • Gavison
    • “Immunity from the Focus Attention of Others”

Module Four – Nature of Law

  • Week Seven – Positivism, Realism, & Natural Law
    • “Evidence, Mischaracterized Insights, and the Nature of Law”
    • Hart
    • Realist
    • Natural law
  • Week Eight – Dworkin
    • “Model of Rules”
    • “Hard Cases”

Module Five – Nature of Torts

  • Week Nine – Law, Economics, Torts
    • “Explanation, Human Nature and Tort Theory
    • Posner
  • Week Ten – Corrective Justice and Secular Natural Law
    • Coleman