Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2061: Philosophy of Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Core readings:

Hans Kelsen, Introduction to the Problems of Legal Theory (extracts)

John Austin, The Province of Jurisprudence Determined (extracts)

H.L.A. Hart, The Concept of Law, 2nd Edition (extracts)

O.W. Holmes, “The Path of the Law”

Ronald Dworkin, Law’s Empire (extracts)

John Rawls, A Theory of Justice (extracts)

John Finnis, Natural Law and Natural Rights (extracts)

Lon Fuller, The Morality of Law (extracts)

-- “The Case of the Speluncean Explorers”

Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations (extracts)

Saul Kripke, Wittgenstein on Rules and Private Language (extracts)

Andre Marmor, “Constitutional Interpretation”

G.W.F. Hegel, Elements of the Philosophy of Right (extracts)

J.S. Mill, On Liberty (extracts)

Jean Hampton, “The Moral Education Theory of Punishment”

Jeffrie Murphy, “Marxism and Retribution”


Anthologies & Textbooks:

Larry May & Jeff Brown (eds.), Philosophy of Law: Classic and Contemporary Readings

Dennis Patterson (ed.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory

Martin Golding & William Edmundon (eds.), The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory

Seán Coyle, Modern Jurisprudence: A Philosophical Guide

Andrei Marmor, Philosophy of Law