BA, Economics, Stanford University, 2010
Philosophy of Action, Philosophy of Mind, Ethics, Philosophy of Law
Dissertation Title: “Intention and Criminal Complicity”
Dissertation Committee: Candace Vogler (chair), Anton Ford, and Anselm Mueller
PHIL 29200-02/29300-02 Junior/Senior Tutorial
Topic: Legal Positivism and Its Critics
The debate between legal positivists and their critics, sometimes called “natural law theorists,” occupies center stage in the philosophy of law. Roughly, legal positivists affirm, and natural lawyers deny, that what it is to be a law is independent of what it is to be a morally good law. In this course, we will survey the leading arguments in analytic jurisprudence on both sides of this debate. We will study the work of Julie Dickson, Ronald Dworkin, John Finnis, H.L.A. Hart, and Joseph Raz, among others. The goals of the course are (1) to provide a framework in which to contextualize law school coursework, for students who go on to pursue a JD; and (2) to provide a foundation for specialized research in the philosophy of law, for students who go on to pursue a PhD.
Meets with Jr/Sr section. Prerequisite: Open only to philosophy majors. Intensive-Track Majors should reach out to the instructor to be enrolled manually. No more than two tutorials may be used to meet program requirements.