This course will be a survey of different topics in legal philosophy. It is intended to be an introduction to a variety of philosophical issues in the law and of philosophical treatments of law. It will be organized around a series of six workshops each featuring a different legal philosopher who will present and discuss his or her work. The class will also meet during the weeks when there are no workshops. At those meetings we will read and discuss material on the topic of the next scheduled workshop in preparation for its discussion and also extend the discussions of the previous workshop through short presentations by the members of the class.
Three workshops have already been scheduled for the fall. The main speakers at these workshops will be Professor Dan Brock of the Harvard Medical School, a specialist in biomedical ethics, Professor Carl Cranor, of the philosophy department at the University of California Riverside, a specialist in environmental policy, and Professor Marcia Baron of the philosophy department at Indiana University, a specialist in philosophy of the criminal law. The titles of the papers presented at these workshops as well as the other workshops will be announced later this term.