General information

Module title Introduction To Legal Philosophy
Language English
Module lecturer dr Maciej Dybowski
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position adiunkt
Faculty Faculty of Law and Administration
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 10-ILP-w-Erasm


Monday 15:45-17:15; room 208
(Attention! The classroom is situated in CI Św. Marcin 90 Street)

Meeting with the teacher 07/03 at MS Teams.

Classes start 14/03/2022.

All educational matherials to be found at MS Teams.

Module aim (aims)

Thie aim of the course is to introduce main topics and schools of thought in legal philosophy. Starting with some conceptual background we move on to classical conceptions, followed by modern ideas in the field. The goal of the course is to provide students with the tools necessary for critical analysis of approaches to law and for identifying philosophical problems emerging in day-to-day analysis of legal regulations.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

None. General orientation in philosophy and/or social sciences would be advantageous.


Week 1: What is jurisprudence? Key concepts: legal norm, validity, legal methodology, philosophy of law, theory of law
Week 2-3: Justice in Plato and Aristotle
Week 4-5: The Nature of Natural Law (Aquinas)
Week 6-7: Hobbes, Locke - emergence of rights
Week 8-9: Law, Reason and Freedom: Kant, Hegel
Week 10: Pure Theory of Law
Week 11-12: Legal Positivisms from Austin to H.L.A. Hart
Week 13-14: Justice Theory: J. Rawls, R. Nozick

Reading list

Readings shall be supplied to students via e-mail on weekly basis according to the Syllabus