Philosophy of Law

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Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) was a leading theorist in Anglo-American philosophy of law, and an early and influential proponent of utilitarianism. (This image is in the public domain. Source:Wikimedia Commons.)


MIT Course Number

24.235J / 17.021J

As Taught In

Spring 2012



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This course examines fundamental issues in the philosophy of law, including the nature and content of law, its relation to morality, theories of legal interpretation, and the obligation to obey the law, as well as philosophical issues and problems associated with punishment and responsibility, liberty, and legal ethics.

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Julia Markovits, and Jennifer Carr. 24.235J Philosophy of Law. Spring 2012. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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