Dan Brudney

Dan Brudney
Professor
Stuart Hall, Room 218
Office Hours: Autumn Quarter, Mondays: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
773.702.7546
Harvard University PhD (1985) and BA (1976)
Teaching at UChicago since 1985; on leave Winter 2019
Research Interests: Political Philosophy, Philosophy and Literature, Bioethics and Philosophy of Religion

Daniel Brudney is Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the College; Associate Faculty in the Divinity School; Associate Faculty, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. He writes and teaches in political philosophy, philosophy and literature, bioethics, and philosophy of religion. He is the author of Marx's Attempt to Leave Philosophy (Harvard, 1998).

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Selected Publications

“The Breadth of Moral Character,” in Garry Hagberg ed., Fictional Characters, Real Problems:  Essays on the Ethical Content of Literature, Oxford University Press, 2016

“The Young Marx and the Middle-Aged Rawls,” in Jon Mandle and David Reidy, eds., A Companion to Rawls, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014; published in German as “Der junge Marx und der mittlere Rawls,” in Rahel Jaeggi and Daniel Loick eds., Nach Marx - Philosophie, Kritik, Praxis, Suhrkamp, 2013

“Agency and Authenticity: Which Value Grounds Patient Choice?” (with John Lantos), Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, vol. 32, no. 4, 2011

“Styles of Self-Absorption,” in G. Hagberg and W. Jost eds., A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010

“Choosing for Another:  Beyond Autonomy and Best Interests,” Hastings Center Report, vol. 39, no. 2, March-April 2009; published simultaneously in Asian Bioethics Review, vol. 1, no. 1, 2009

“Are Alcoholics Less Deserving of Liver Transplants?” Hastings Center Report, January-February 2007, reprinted in J. Parks and Victoria Wilke eds., Bioethics in a Changing World, Pearson 2009

“On Noncoercive Establishment,” Political Theory, vol. 33, no. 6, December 2005

“Justifying a Conception of the Good Life:  The Problem of the 1844 Marx,” Political Theory, vol. 29, no. 3, June 2001; published in German as “Zur Rechtfertigung einer Konzeption des guten Lebens beim frühen Marx,” Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, no. 3, 2002

Lord Jim and Moral Judgment:  Literature and Moral Philosophy,” The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, vol. 56, no. 3, Summer 1998

“Community and Completion,” in A. Reath, B. Herman, C. Korsgaard eds., Reclaiming the History of Ethics: Essays for John Rawls, Cambridge University Press, 1997; published in German as “Gemeinschaft als Ergänzung,” Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, vol. 58, no. 2, 2010

“Two Links of Law and Morality,” Ethics, vol. 103, no. 2, January 1993

“Knowledge and Silence:  The Golden Bowl and Moral Philosophy,” Critical Inquiry, vol. 16, no. 2, Winter 1990

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Recent Courses

PHIL 51821 Political Liberalism and Social Pathologies

The exercise of state power is supposed to pass a test of "legitimacy." However, it has been difficult to find a legitimacy criterion that is both compelling and satisfiable. In Political Liberalism John Rawls proposes a criterion of legitimacy that he thinks will be compelling, satisfiable, and, crucially, acceptable to a wide range of citizens' (reasonable) fundamental beliefs (or, as he calls them, "comprehensive doctrines"). Rawls's proposal has been criticized in many ways. In the seminar we will go through and try to understand the structure and content of Rawls's political liberal view. We will then examine several challenges to his criterion of legitimacy. Finally, we will look at a challenge that stems from work by recent writers of the Frankfurt School. This challenge says (i) Rawls's legitimacy criterion does not preclude significant "social pathologies" associated with a capitalist economy, and (ii) no criterion of legitimacy that could preclude these pathologies would be consistent with the basic agenda of political liberalism. The seminar will read work by Rawls, Colin Bird, Corey Brettschneider, Jürgen Habermas, Axel Honneth and Rahel Jaeggi. (I)

2018-2019 Autumn
Category
Social/Political Philosophy

PHIL 21609/31609 Medical Ethics: Central Topics

(BPRO 22612, BIOS 29314, HIPS 21609)

Decisions about medical treatment, medical research, and medical policy often have profound moral implications. Taught by a philosopher, two physicians, and a medical lawyer, this course will examine such issues as paternalism, autonomy, assisted suicide, kidney markets, abortion, and research ethics. (A)

Third or Fourth year standing. This course does not meet requirements for the Biological Sciences major.

2017-2018 Autumn
Category
Ethics/Metaethics

PHIL 49700 Preliminary Essay Workshop

The workshop involves discussion of general issues in writing the essay and student presentations of their work. Although students do not register for the Summer quarter, they are expected to make significant progress on their preliminary essay over the summer.

All and only philosophy graduate students in the relevant years. A two-quarter (Spring, Autumn) workshop on the preliminary essay required for all doctoral students in the Spring of their second year and the Autumn of their third year.

2016-2017 Spring

PHIL 21112/31112 Rawls Before the Political Turn -- From A Theory of Justice to "Kantian Constructivism": Themes, Critiques, Changes

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2016-2017 Winter
Category
History of Analytic Philosophy
Social/Political Philosophy

PHIL 49700 Preliminary Essay Workshop

The workshop involves discussion of general issues in writing the essay and student presentations of their work. Although students do not register for the Summer quarter, they are expected to make significant progress on their preliminary essay over the summer.

All and only philosophy graduate students in the relevant years. A two-quarter (Spring, Autumn) workshop on the preliminary essay required for all doctoral students in the Spring of their second year and the Autumn of their third year.

2016-2017 Autumn
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For full list of Dan Brudney's courses back to the 2012-13 academic year, see our searchable course database.