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Law and Philosophy Seminar: the Analytic Turn in Jurisprudence
Professors M. Murphy and L. Solum
J.D. Seminar 1007 | 3 credit hours
Law and Philosophy: The Analytic Turn in Jurisprudence will examine various movements in contemporary analytic legal philosophy. Topics in analytical jurisprudence include the concept and nature of law, the relationship of law to both critical and conventional morality, the methodology of jurisprudential inquiry, and the centrality of authority to law. We will also look critically at this analytic tradition in jurisprudence, asking questions pertaining to its place in legal scholarship and the legal profession more broadly, and its limitations.
The seminar is open to all upper level JD students and graduate students in philosophy. Meetings will be held on the Law School campus, over lunch, and law and philosophy faculty are both invited to attend and participate. About half of the sessions will be turned over to guest lecturers who will present their recent or current work. The last few sessions will be devoted to student presentations of their work in progress. Note: This course requires a paper. Students must register for the 3 credit section of the course if they wish to write a paper fulfilling the Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement. The paper requirements of the 2 credit section will not fulfill the Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement.