Jurisprudence Tutorial



2015 Spring

About This Class

The Law and Philosophy Tutorial is modeled after the Oxford-Cambridge tutorial system in which the student and faculty member would follow a course of reading (jointly agreed to by the faculty member and student). The two would meet from time to time and the student would set forth what he or she had learned from a particular reading with discussion from the faculty member. (The Socratic method was not employed, but the faculty member might ask questions to further the exploration of the reading in question.) The student might complete a number of short papers on the readings or organize the readings to complete a longer paper for the end of the tutorial. The purpose of the tutorial was to help the student master a field of law and/or philosophy, or explore a particular author’s writings in depth, or resolve a particular problem. The preferred subjects are philosophy, jurisprudence, social and political philosophy, ethics, land use, population, environmental, and tort law. The details are to be worked out by the faculty member and the student, and a signed contract must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office. AWR (Advanced Writing Requirement) is not automatic and must be approved by Professor Brooks. It must deal with the relations of philosophy to law. Past students have studied and/or written papers on Hegel, Rawls, Gramsci, Nietzsche, Aristotle, Aquinas, Foucault and others). The credit has been up to two credits, either one each term or two in one term. Interested students should contact Professor Emeritus Brooks: rbrooks@vermontlaw.edu

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