[The] Philosophy of Law II (21408). 3 units. This course concerns philosophical topics that arise in connection with particular areas of law. Such topics include the justification of criminal punishment; discrepancy in punishment of attempted and completed crimes; the relevance of ignorance of the law to criminal responsibility; self-defense and other forms of preventive violence; the rationale for double-jeopardy restrictions; the conception of justice of import to tort law; the concepts of causation and intention in tort law; the relationship between promises and contracts; the fundamental rationale for property rights; the grounds for and nature of the individualization of the reasonable person standard; the rationale for variations in standards of proof across areas of law. A selection of such topics will be examined through consideration of both philosophical essays written about them and legal materials that bear on them. Enrollment limited to twenty-five. Self-scheduled examination or paper option. Also PHIL 715b. G. Yaffe.