Rhetoric of Legal Theory
General Catalog Course Title:
Rhetoric of Legal Theory
Terms Offered:
Fall 2016
Fall 2014
Course Thread: 
Law & Humanities
Instructor: 
Esmeir, Samera

In this course we trace several historical shifts in our modern legal imaginary that have reconfigured the ethical dimensions and political horizons of the moderns. We consider such shifts as the ones from natural law to positive law to sociological law. We will be primarily reading legal theoretical texts, but our objective is not only to grasp the legal doctrinal ruptures, but also to develop political-ethical appreciation for the changing modern legal landscapes and their consequences. What place has law assumed in modern life, and how have the ruptures in law transform notions of authority, the world, nature, society and politics?

For more detailed information about classes, please visit the UC Berkeley Online Schedule of Classes.