Justice: Philosophical and Literary Perspectives

Course Code: HUMA 2015

Academic Year: 2021-2022

The demand for justice seems timeless and universal. Yet just what is it that we seek? What is the nature of justice? How can it be administered? Is it a realizable goal or an unachievable ideal? This course addresses these three issues through a reading of key texts in the philosophy and literature of law. Considering the relationship between law and morality, the nature of crime, the concept of due process, and the purpose of punishment, students explore the ideas of such legal scholars as Hart, Fuller, Posner and Dworkin through a study of Sophocles' Antigone, Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, Kafka's The Trial and Camus's The Outsider. Category and Level: Arts & Humanities, Lower Level Restrictions: None