PHIL-739 Law & Phil Sem: Special Obligs
Spring for 2017-2018
Law and Philosophy Seminar: Promises and other Relationship-Based Obligations

Professors Greg Klass (Law) and Henry S. Richardson (Philosophy)

The Law and Philosophy Seminar is a research forum in which outside speakers present works in progress in the areas of philosophy and legal theory. In the spring of 2011, the workshop, which will be held on the law campus, will focus on promises, contracts and other relationship-based obligations, moral and legal. The spring workshop will also consider normative powers more generally, that is, agents’ ability to choose what obligations they or others owe one another, or to effect other sorts of normative change when they so desire.

The course is open to students of the law school and of the philosophy department. All students will be responsible for preparing each week a short written comment on the paper being presented. Three-credit students will also be required to produce a substantial original paper on a topic related to the course. Law students can use the three-credit paper to fulfill their writing requirement.

The course will begin with some introductory segments led by the instructors. Most of the remaining sessions will be led by visiting speakers, who will include: Facundo Alonso (Law & Philosophy Program, Yale), Diane Jeske (Philosophy, U. of Iowa), Jody Kraus (Law & Philosophy, U. of Virginia), Maggie Little (Philosophy, Georgetown), Daniel Markovits (Law, Yale), Michael G. Pratt (Law & Philosophy, Queen’s U., Canada), Samuel Scheffler (Philosophy & Law, NYU), Hanoch Sheinman (Philosophy, Rice), A. John Simmons (Law & Philosophy, U. of Virginia), and Gary Watson (UC Riverside).
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None


PHIL-739-01 Law and Philosophy Seminar - The Analytic Turn in Jurisprudence
Spring for 2017-2018
This seminar will examine various movements in contemporary analytic legal philosophy. Topics in analytical jurisprudence include the concept and nature of law, the relationship of law to both critical and conventional morality, the methodology of jurisprudential inquiry, and the centrality of authority to law. We will also look critically at this analytic tradition in jurisprudence, asking questions pertaining to its place in legal scholarship and the legal profession more broadly, and its limitations.

The seminar is open to all upper level JD students and graduate students in philosophy. Meetings will be held on the Law School campus, over lunch, and law and philosophy faculty are both invited to attend and participate. About half of the sessions will be turned over to guest lecturers who will present their recent or current work: these will include Scott Shapiro, Wil Waluchow, Mark Greenberg, Robin West, Brian Bix, Margaret Martin, and Brian Leiter. The last few sessions will be devoted to student presentations of their work in progress.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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