Natural Law and Positive Law

Natural Law and Positive Law

Professor Lewis Sargentich
Spring 2018 reading group
W 7:00pm - 9:00pm in WCC Room 3009
1 classroom credit

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

We will look briefly at the classical debate between exponents of natural law (Thomas Aquinas) and positive law (John Austin). Then we will focus on debates in contemporary jurisprudence between legal positivists (H.L.A. Hart, Joseph Raz) and their opponents (Lon Fuller, Ronald Dworkin, John Finnis). The question throughout is: what is law's relation to morality?

Class will meet every other week for two hours, there will be no paper or exam, and class will be graded credit/fail.

Note: This reading group will meet on the following dates: 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/28, 4/11

Subject Areas: Legal & Political Theory