Rescue/Charity/Justice Seminar

Section 1, Fall 15

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 6/15
Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will explore the nature and the implications of the positive duties we owe to others (that is, the duties we have to positively assist others, not merely to refrain from directly harming them). Some deny that we have any positive moral duties at all and/or argue that legal and political institutions should never enforce such duties. Those who accept positive moral duties take a variety of positions on both the nature and extent of such duties and on the question of the acceptability of institutional enforcement of them. Theorists distinguish duties of rescue (duties to give aid to the imperiled in emergency situations), duties of charity (duties to assist in the longer-term project of providing others with the resources for living decent lives), and duties of justice (duties to help bring about a just – and, typically, a more equal – distribution of resources, both within and between societies). The course will consider possible philosophical foundations for such duties and arguments for and against creating or preserving positive legal duties. We will undertake substantial examinations of legal duties of rescue (“Good Samaritan laws”) and purported national moral and legal duties to aid impoverished countries or peoples. Readings will be primarily contemporary, drawn from legal theory and from moral and political philosophy.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any):
Description: None

Final Type (if any):

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work
Flex examination at end of the semester, with a paper option that would be due via LawWeb on or before 4:30 pm (EST) on the last day of the exam period. Students seeking to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement must submit a timely Writing Requireme

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Rescue,Charity,and Justice Lecture
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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Cross Listed: Yes
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Public Syllabus Link: None
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