PHILOSOPHY OF LAW
Janos Kis
Spring Term 1996
Department of Legal Studies, Budapest
CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY




COURSE DESCRIPTION

Philosophy of law addresses itself to three families of questions. First: What is law? What is a legal system? What are the criteria of validity for a legal provision? Such questions make up the domain of Analytical Jurisprudence. The questions of the second type are like this: How to justify the claim of validity of a law? Such are the questions addressed to by Normative Jurisprudence. Finally, there is the question of the relationship between existence of law and justification of its validity: Whether moral requirements are part of its existence conditions ( Natural Law Theory) or whether morality and law are logically separable ( Legal Positivism). The course will discuss these problems through an introduction into the leading works of contemporary legal philosophy.



Digitized version prepared by the Curriculum Resource Center (CRC)
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Revised: April 1996

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