Legal Philosophy and Reasoning

Fall 2007

Syllabus

 

Week

Topic 

1-2

A primer on logic and thinking

The scope of law and ethics

3

Life: Abortion, Stem Cells, and the Legal Status of the Fetus

4

Theories of Moral Philosophy: Utilitarianism and Deontology

Life: Liberty and Criminal Law

The Sanctity of Human Life

Utilitarianism and Retributivism

The death penalty

5-6

Liberty: Paternalism, and Rights

Smoking/Drug Addition

7

Liberty: Censorship, Harm, and Offense

8

Euthanasia and Suicide

9

Terrorism, Human Rights, and Civil Liberties

10

Justice: Equality vs. Liberty

11-12

Property: World Hunger and Poverty

International law and Global Justice

13-14

Law, ethics, and future generations

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