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John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: PHI                                     Course Number: 315                                    
Course Title: Philosophy of the Rule of Law
Subject: Philosophy
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


This course investigates various philosophies of the rule of law contributing to the liberal democratic tradition, focusing on controversies and debates over what, exactly, the rule of law is and what it is supposed to do. Positivism, natural law theory, the social function of law, legal realism, rule skepticism, and the normative and aspirational aspects of the rule of law will all be considered. Once we have read through the history and philosophy of the rule of law, the course will focus on real world problems and debates about the rule of law in domestic and international settings, to ask how we might reimagine the rule of law in the face of contemporary challenges.

Prerequisite: ENG 102 or 201; and PHI 231 or permission of instructor.
Start Date:    12/11/2009                         End Date: