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Spring 2021 Reading Group

Natural Law and Positive Law

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

There will be no paper or exam, and class will be graded credit/no credit.

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&#146s relation to morality?

Note: This reading group will meet every other week for two hours on the following Thursdays: 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/11, 4/1, 4/15.