Honors | Moral Basis of Law
H204 | 0017 | Failer, J.
Is there a moral basis to law? If so, what is it? If not, why should
people obey the law? In this course, we will examine some basic works in
jurisprudence to help us understand the relationship between law and
morality. After learning what legal theory has to say about what law is
and why we should obey it, we will the theoretical knowledge we have
gained and test it against some real problems in American law, including
affirmative action, abortion, and hate speech. Throughout the course, we
will focus on the proper relationship between law and morality.