PHILOSOPHY OF LAW
Course available for Erasmus incoming students
- main tenets of the three legal-philosophical currents such as: natural law, legal positivism and legal realism:
- the basic assumption of Kelsen’s pure theory of law;
- Bobbio’s own legal positivism within Italian legal culture; - Hart’ and Ross’s concepts of law and legal theory:
- the analysis of the basic legal concepts;
- the purpose of legal philosophy and on the relations between the major classic positions on the traditional themes and the contemporary legal-philosophical thinking.
H. Kelsen, Pure Theory of Law, the Lawbook Exchange, LTD, Clark, New Jersey, 2005. Chapters: I, II, II, IV, V, VI, VII;
A. Serpe, The doubting philosopher: Norberto Bobbio. Outlines of his legal philosophy within Italian legal culture, Oslo 2008. Chapters: introduction, II, III;
H. Hart, The Concept of Law (3rd edition), Oxford 2012. Chapters: II, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX;
A. Ross, On Law and Justice, Oxford University Press 2016. Chapters: II, III, VI, X, XI, XII;
D. Patterson, A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory (ed. by), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford 2010. (Free choice of at least 3 critical essays).