Classes

Personhood in U.S. Constitutional Law

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2023
According to philosopher Thomas Hobbes, the world—including human selfishness—is violent, immoral, and ultimately unjust. Therefore, societies establish supreme laws to uphold contracts, preserve property, serve the general welfare, and secure peace. However, a problem arises from Hobbes’ standpoint: if societies thrive upon arbitrary authority, it is only insofar as beneficiaries are able and willing to abide by the law. But given that humans are naturally uncooperative in the Hobbesian worldview, societies must invent something that recognizes and is in turn recognized by the law: a “person... Read more about Personhood in U.S. Constitutional Law

Personhood in U.S. Constitutional Law

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022
According to philosopher Thomas Hobbes, the world—including human selfishness—is violent, immoral, and ultimately unjust. Therefore, societies establish supreme laws to uphold contracts, preserve property, serve the general welfare, and secure peace. However, a problem arises from Hobbes’ standpoint: if societies thrive upon arbitrary authority, it is only insofar as beneficiaries are able and willing to abide by the law. But given that humans are naturally uncooperative in the Hobbesian worldview, societies must invent something that recognizes and is in turn recognized by the law: a “person... Read more about Personhood in U.S. Constitutional Law