Program in Law and Humanities
Law school teaches students to "think like lawyers," but what exactly does that mean? Presumably, it at least means learning to make and respond to arguments within the constraints of the law. But which materials count as legitimate sources of law, what values does the law embody and what methods are appropriate to the task of discerning its meaning are always questions open to debate. In other words, the law is an essentially interpretive intellectual and social practice..
The Program in Law and Humanities is dedicated to deepening and broadening our understanding of this practice. It does so largely by exploring connections between law and such "humanistic" disciplines as philosophy, literature and politics. Like law, these disciplines wrestle with difficult questions of interpretation, evidence and value in their respective domains. Cross-disciplinary teaching and research in these fields both facilitates better understanding of the law and also points to ways in which the study of law may contribute to the humanities.
- Program Director: Deborah Hellman