Philosophy of Law|
Fall 2006 not offered
Historically there have been two dominant yet conflicting traditions regarding the appropriate role of the law in protecting liberty and privacy and promoting equality. One tradition maintains that the state is only justified in interfering with the choices and conduct of individuals when they result in harm to others. The other tradition suggests that there are additional reasons, such as the preservation of public morality that can justify legal restrictions on individual choice and conduct. The conflict between these two enduring traditions is nowhere more apparent that in case law on sexual conduct. In this course we will read, discuss, and argue about some of the most notable cases on abortion, lesbian and gay sex, pornography, and sexual harassment. Students will be expected to engage in both legal and philosophical research and argumentation.
Ethical Reasoning, Speaking
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|Course Format: Lecture/Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FGSS)
L. Gruen and G. E. Panichas (eds.), SEX, MORALITY, AND THE LAW (Routledge, 1997) --- SML
and readings to be determined
|Examination and Assignments: |
Case position papers, take home midterm, final exam, mock court.