PHILOSOPHY 146_syllabus

PHILOSOPHY 146_syllabus - LAW AND JUSTICE Course PHIL 146...

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LAW AND JUSTICE Course:  PHIL 146 Fall, 2007 Hours:  Tuesday/Thursday, 10:05am-11:30am, LH002 Texts:    Philosophy of Law,  8 th  edition (Joel Feinberg, Jules Coleman, eds.) Various articles and court cases available online Instructor:  Anna Gotlib Phone:  (office):  (607) 777-3725     (home):  (607) 797-1795 email:  [email protected] Office Hours:  Tuesday and Thursday, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm  and by appointment   (LT  1203)   GOALS This course explores the issues that arise at the intersection of questions about law and justice. We will critically analyze the nature and sources of law and legal institutions from the perspective of moral and political philosophy. Specifically, we will focus on topics such as equality and discrimination, the nature and sources of rights, the relationship between liberty and social (and governmental) control, the justification for punishment (including the death penalty), and the nature of, and approaches to, terrorism. We will engage with texts in legal history, legal philosophy, social and political philosophy, and court decisions. The goals of this course are (at least) twofold: First, I want to help you to familiarize yourself with the texts that we will encounter, and to clarify any difficulties or misunderstandings that might occur as a result of the challenging nature of our readings. What this means is that I want you to come away with much more than just a fuzzy notion of what "a bunch of guys" said: I want us, together, to be able to really get to the heart of the matter. Second, I want you to become comfortable with critiquing and critically analyzing what you have read. That is, I want to know what the texts that we are encountering are making you think and feel and, very importantly, your reasons for your reactions. In other words, I want to help you develop your own opinions and arguments so that you are able to express them clearly and powerfully. Oh, and one more thing. I want you to have fun. 1
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LECTURE AND DISCUSSION FORMAT AND CONDUCT As you probably already realize, in this course we will deal with many controversial and sensitive issues, and chances are, at some point during the semester, you might find yourself disagreeing with me, with your TA, with the text, or with someone in the class. This is normal and to be expected (in fact, even encouraged). But how do we argue and debate without stepping on each other's toes (too much)? For this purpose, I have a few guidelines for our lectures and discussions, and as a class, we may decide to add to it as we go along. For now, here is a draft of our code of conduct: Respect others' right to hold opinions and beliefs that differ from yours Challenge or criticize ideas, not people. Listen to what others are saying even if you do not agree.
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