Faces of the Law

This jointly taught seminar will explore how law has been understood in intellectual tradition. On one hand, we will examine major ways that lawyers and jurists have explained or challenged law's authority: tradition, natural-law theory, positivism, and the radical critique of law. On the other hand, we will consider how observers of law from outside – those concerned mainly with understanding other areas of life, such as politics, culture, or philosophy – have understood law's place in the larger field of human activity. This is not a specialized course in political theory, but rather a course for intellectually engaged lawyers; nonetheless, students should expect to read challenging texts with a high level of care and attention to detail.
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