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PHILOSOPHY OF LAW
SYLLABUS



INTRODUCTION AND ORGANIZATION (Jan. 18 - Jan. 21)

  • "The Twenty-One Legal Puzzlers" (1/18)
  • "The Strange Case of the Speluncean Explorers" (1/21)
  • Lon Fuller, "The Case of the Speluncean Explorers," Feinberg & Coleman, PHILOSOPHY OF LAW, pp. 648-62 (1/21)
  • Katz, BAD ACTS AND GUILTY MINDS "Necessity, the Mother of Invention," pp. 8-62 (1/21)
  • United States v. Holmes, U.S. Circuit Court, 1842 (Handout) (1/21)
  • The Queen v. Dudley & Stephens, 14 Q.B.D. 273, 1884 (Handout) (1/21)

CAUSATION AND RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 24 - Jan. 28)

  • Hart and Honore, "Causation and Responsibility," Feinberg & Coleman, PHILOSOPHY OF LAW, pp. 572-583
  • Katz, BAD ACTS AND GUILTY MINDS "Causes and Conditions," pp. 210-242 (1/24)
  • Katz, BAD ACTS AND GUILTY MINDS "Theories of Causation," pp. 243-251 (1/28)
  • Palsgraf v. Long Island RR (NY Court of Appeals, 1928) Feinberg & Coleman, PHILOSOPHY OF LAW, pp. 598-604 (1/28)
  • Robert Parker, " Blame, Punishment, and the Role of Result," Feinberg & Coleman, PHILOSOPHY OF LAW, pp. 592-598 (1/28)
  • Judith Thomson, "The Decline of Cause," Feinberg & Coleman, PHILOSOPHY OF LAW, pp. 584-691 (1/28)
  • Summers v. Tice et al., California Supreme Court, 1948, (1/28)
  • Feinberg & Coleman, PHILOSOPHY OF LAW, pp. 604-607 (1/28)
  • Sindell v. Abbott Laboratories, California Supreme Court, 1980, (1/28) Feinberg & Coleman, PHILOSOPHY OF LAW, pp. 608-622 (1/28)

WHAT IS A CRIME? (Jan. 31 - Feb. 4)

  • See Introduction Online (2/1)
  • Katz, BAD ACTS AND GUILTY MINDS "The Trouble with Definitions,"pp. 82-96 (2/1)
  • Katz, BAD ACTS AND GUILTY MINDS "Forgive and Forget, Those Who Know Not What They Do" (2/1)
  • "Those Who Cannot Help Themselves," pp. 103-135 (2/1)
  • Katz, BAD ACTS AND GUILTY MINDS "Crimes of the Heart," pp. 153-164 (2/1)
  • Katz, BAD ACTS AND GUILTY MINDS "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," pp. 165-209 (2/4)
  • People v. Young, New York Court of Appeals, 1962, Feinberg & Coleman, PHILOSOPHY OF LAW, pp. 646-648 (2/4)
  • Dershowitz, THE BEST DEFENSE "The Boro Park Connection," pp. 3-84. (2/4)

CRIMINAL ATTEMPTS (Feb. 8)

  • Dershowitz, THE BEST DEFENSE, "Whatever Else It May Be, It is Not Murder to Shoot a Dead Body: Man Dies But Once," pp. 85-116 (2/8)
  • People v. Dlugash, New York Court of Appeals, 1977 Class Handout (2/8)
  • Katz, BAD ACTS AND GUILTY MINDS "The Crime That Never Was," pp. 276-299 (2/8)
  • Kadish & Schulhofer, "The Case of Lady Eldon's French Lace," Feinberg & Coleman, PHILOSOPHY OF LAW, pp. 663-668 (2/8)

OMISSIONS AND THE DUTY TO RESCUE (Feb. 11)

  • Katz, BAD ACTS AND GUILTY MINDS "Crimes of Omission," pp. 135-153 (2/11)
  • Macaulay, "Notes on the Indian Penal Code," Feinberg & Coleman, PHILOSOPHY OF LAW, pp. 623-625 (2/11)
  • Ernest Weinrib, "The Case for a Duty to Rescue," Feinberg & Coleman, PHILOSOPHY OF LAW, pp. 625-645 (2/11)

    Paper topics for the first paper will be handed out on Friday, February the 11th. Papers are due on Tuesday, February 22nd in class.

 

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