University of Kansas, Spring 2005
Philosophy 674: Philosophy of Law

Preview of test on chapters 6–9

Unlike your previous tests in this course, your test on chapters 6–9 will not have an in-class part; it will have only a take-home part. It will consist of four essays worth a total of 100 points—the first three worth 30 points each and the last one worth 10 points. You can use your book or notes or discussions with other people, but all the writing must be your own. Here are the four essay assignments.

  1. (chapter 6, 30 points:) Your test question for chapter 6 is question 1 on p. 198 of our textbook. Note that this question has three parts; be sure to address each part.
  2. (chapter 7, 30 points:) How does Easterbrook’s opinion in American Booksellers Association v. Hudnut fit with the liberal-feminist position on pornography (as that position is described by Altman)? What would a radical feminist say in response to Easterbrook and a liberal feminist?
  3. (chapter 8, 30 points:) Your test question for chapter 8 is question 1 on pp. 281–282 of our textbook. Like the question for chapter 6, this question has three parts that you need to address.
  4. (chapter 9, pp. 284–288, 10 points:) What is the main thesis of CLS? What do crits mean when they attack the idea of legal reasoning?

As before, when you turn in your answers, each answer must be on its own sheet of paper, and the sheets must not be stapled together. The formatting instructions are essentially the same as for the sheets you turned in for the test on chapters 3–5. Here are the main formatting guidelines:

  1. page
    1. Use one side of a single sheet of business-sized (8.5” x 11”) paper.
    2. Use margins of at least one inch on all four sides.
  2. type
    1. Use the font Times New Roman, or (if not available) the nearest available equivalent.
    2. Use a type size of at least 12 points.
    3. Use the same font and type size throughout the whole sheet.
    4. Double-space all the lines.
    5. Make the lines flush-left—that is, don’t right-justify them.
  3. On the first line, list the following items, separated by commas:
    1. Philosophy of Law
    2. 5/11/05
    3. test 3
    4. question X (where Y is the number of the question being answered on that sheet)
    5. answer Y (where Y is the three-digit code that will be used for this sheet and no other)
  4. Start each paragraph of your answer with a half-inch indentation (even if your answer is just one paragraph long).

As before, strict compliance with this precise protocol is needed for two important reasons: so that everyone operates within the same space constraints and so that I can grade each answer with a minimal chance of knowing who wrote it. For these reasons, deviations from this protocol will be penalized.

Your essays will be due at my office (3070 Wescoe Hall) on Wednesday, May 11, at the time when we usually start class: 10:30 a.m. (We will not have class that day.) You will have a one-hour grace period for turning in your test; any test turned in after 11:30 a.m., but before 10:30 a.m. the following day, will be considered a day late. (My lateness penalty is 10 points per day.) At any time, instead of delivering a hard copy of your test to me, you can submit it electronically (as an attachment, in Word format, not in the text of your e-mail message). I will print and grade electronically submitted tests, but only with a 5-point penalty, in addition to any applicable lateness penalty (though of course in certain cases you might be able to avoid a lateness penalty by submitting your test electronically when you can do that on time but cannot deliver a hard copy to me on time).