Philosophy of Law

The master’s specialisation Philosophy of Law at Leiden University offers students the opportunity to further studies on the interface between scholarship in the law and philosophy.

Law is a peculiar institution in modern societies. It permeates all areas of life and guides our everyday interactions in all sorts of ways. But what is law actually? What makes certain rules law and others not?

Furthermore, what makes something into a rule anyway? Should we identify law as codified law or can we find law in other places as well? What is the proper method for finding law? What sorts of reasoning do legal practitioners use when they seek to apply the law to a case? In addition to these analytical questions, there are the big normative questions about good law. What is the rule of law? Why is it so desirable? Are there limits as to what the law can demand from us? Do we have a (moral) duty to obey the law? What does justice require from the law? These and other questions come up in one form or other in the specialisation in Philosophy of Law.

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Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Philosophy (120EC)
  • Degree Master of Arts in Philosophy
  • Mode of study Full-time, Part-time. Non-EU/EEA students must study full-time.
  • Duration September, February
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60823

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