The ‘rule of law’ is a central concept in the philosophy of law and cognate subjects. In this course we explore its character and value. The course is divided into two sections. First we study the history and development of the idea of the rule of law through a number of primary and secondary readings. Secondly, we critically examine leading contemporary writings in legal theory and political philosophy.
Course objectives will be posted on Blackboard by the start of the course.
Mode of instruction
Essay of 5.000 words
All course readings will be made available on Blackboard at the start of the course.
Please register for this course on uSis.
Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.
Compulsory course for students in speciallisation Philosophy of Law of the MA Programme in Philosophy of a Specific Discipline.
Specialisation MA in Philosophy: Ethics and Politics
Specialisation MA in Philosophy of a Specific Disipline: Philosophy of Political Science