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Unformatted text preview: FIRST PAPER TOPICS NOTE: We have not yet fully discussed some of these topics, but you can feel free to read ahead and begin formulating your arguments. (1). Legal naturalists argue that there is a necessary connection between law and morality. Legal positivists dispute this claim, and legal realists suggest that the law is “whatever judges and other officials happen to do.” Who is right (if anyone), who is wrong (if anyone), and why? In answering this question, it might be helpful to refer to two or three specific laws or court decisions to illustrate your points. Specifically, you might consider laws that prohibit certain kinds of individual behavior (public nudity, homosexual marriage, murder, etc.), or laws that mandate particular type of behaviors (the seatbelt and helmet laws, the paying of tax, mandatory education through a particular age, etc.) laws, the paying of tax, mandatory education through a particular age, etc....
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course PHIL 146 taught by Professor Gotlib during the Spring '07 term at Binghamton University.
- Spring '07