Spring 2009

Introduction to Legal Theory

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


Nasser Hussain (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 and consider various ways to think about questions that every study, practice, and institution of law eventually encounters. These questions concern law’s very nature or essence; its relations to knowledge, morality, religion, and the passions; the status of its language and interpretations; its relation to force and the threat of force; and its place and function in the preservation and transformation of political, social and economic order. Limited to 40 students. Spring semester. Professor Hussain.