Philosophy of Law

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Philosophy of Law

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    What philosophical issues are raised in expressing, translating and understanding? Can we even perceive things
    without interpreting them? What are the best ways to understand the works of other cultures and epochs, and
    why? Is the interpreter passive and neutral before the text, or is he or she always active and creative? How
    shuld we evaluate creative interpretations? In this module such questions will be considered by way of an
    historical and critical introduction to the movements of hermeneutics and deconstruction. These collectively
    comprise the philosophy of interpretation in recent European philosophy. We begin with the foundations of
    hermeneutics laid by Schleiermacher and Dilthey, proceed to its development in the phenomenologies of Husserl
    and Heidegger, and conclude with its post-phenomenological variants in the work of Gadamer,
    Derrida and Ricoeur.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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