This course discusses philosophical problems of the law and of legal systems. Topics include legal reasoning, judicial interpretation, legal language and definition, legal obligation, law and morality, and legal paternalism. Discussion of concepts of law, constitutionality, legislative intent, fair trial, criminal responsibility, punishment, fault, and strict liability. Applications to social issues of individual freedom, human rights, privacy, discrimination, and justice.

Prerequisites: None

Frequency: Philosophy 230 is usually (but not invariably) offered either in the fall or in the spring semester.

Comprehensive Education Program: Philosophy 230 meets the Humanities ES requirement, and is also an IS course.