This course is an introduction to the philosophy of law. The questions that we will investigate include: What distinguishes law from other forms of social control? What connections obtain between law and morality? What must be true for us to have a duty to obey the law? To answer these questions, we will focus on how the law functions during times of political crisis, in particular crises that challenge the racial and economic hierarchy of the United States. A central goal of the class will be to interrogate the pedagogical divide between public and private law. In particular, we will examine both the social consequences of private law arrangements as well as the economic impacts of constitutional jurisprudence.