Basic Course Information

PHL 220: Philosophy of Law

Section 01, Winter 2018


Steven W. Patterson, Ph.D.
Professor and Acting Chair, Philosophy and Religious Studies Dept.,
Chair, Division of Letters
Marygrove College
Office Phone: 313-927-1539
Departmental Phone: 313-927-1556
e-mail: ude.evorgyram|nosrettaps#ude.evorgyram|nosrettaps
Office: 346 Madame Cadillac Hall
Office Hours: by appointment only



Credit Hours



ENG 108 or equivalent, and at least one philosophy class

Catalog Description

This is an introductory survey course in the philosophy of law. Topics to be covered may include the nature of law, theories about legal legitimacy, theories of jurisprudence and legal interpretation, the question of the moral obligation to obey the law, civil disobedience, and theories of punishment.

Required Texts

  1. Jeffrey Brand, Philosophy of Law: An Introduction to Jurisprudence (London: Bloomsbury Academic) 2013. ISBN: 978-1-4411-4189-7
  2. Jeremy Waldron, Law and Disagreement (Oxford University Press) 2001. ISBN: 0-19-924303-4

Students are responsible for timely acquisition of all course texts. Failure to acquire the texts will adversely affect student preparedness and performance.

Please note: While no other books are required for purchase, it is strongly recommended that you obtain or secure access to a collegiate level dictionary and thesaurus (I recommend the handy combination of both in the Oxford Pocket Dictionary and Thesaurus, American Edition, ISBN 0-19-513097-9), and a style manual for written English such as the classic Elements of Style by Strunk and White (Fourth Edition, Allyn & Bacon, ISBN 0-205-30902) Regular access to and use of such references will be assumed.

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