Spring 2008

Introduction to Legal Theory

Listed in: Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, as LJST-10


Adam Sitze (Section 01)


This course provides an introduction to the primary texts and central problems of modern legal theory. Through close study of the field's founding and pivotal works, we will weigh various theorists' approaches to questions that every study, practice, and institution of law eventually encounters. These questions concern law's very nature or essence; its complicated relations with ethics, morality, and religion; its interpretation and application in courts; and its place and function in the preservation and transformation of political and social order. Readings will include works by John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Marx, Max Weber, Jeremy Bentham, John Austin, H.L.A. Hart, Lon Fuller, Richard Posner, Ronald Dworkin, and Michel Serres. Limited to 40 students. Second semester. Professor Sitze.