Law and Philosophy Workshop

The Law and Philosophy Workshop will be taking a hiatus in 2021-22.

The Law and Philosophy Workshop is a graduate seminar, not a Council on Advanced Studies Workshop, although it is called a "workshop" by the Law School. Many participants are faculty from various related disciplines. The Law and Philosophy Workshop admits approximately ten students. Its aim is to study, each year, a topic that arises in both philosophy and the law and to ask how bringing the two fields together may yield mutual illumination. Most sessions are led by visiting speakers, from either outside institutions or our own faculty, who circulate their papers in advance. The session consists of a brief introduction by the speaker, followed by initial questioning by the two faculty coordinators, followed by general discussion, in which students are given priority. Several sessions involve students only and are led by the instructors. Students write a 20-25 page seminar paper at the end of the year. The course satisfies the Law School Substantial Writing Requirement. There are approximately four meetings in each of the three quarters. Students must therefore enroll for all three quarters.

The Law and Philosophy Workshop meets thirteen times throughout the year, mostly in fall and winter quarters, and always on Monday afternoons, 4:00-6:00 pm. In 2020-21, it was co-taught by Brian Leiter and the Law-Philosophy Postdoctoral fellow, Max Etchemendy. The theme for 2020-21 was “Recent Work in General Jurisprudence.” 

Students are admitted by permission of the two instructors. They should submit a c.v. and a statement (reasons for interest in the course, relevant background in law and/or philosophy) to the instructors by e-mail by September 20. Ph.D. students in Philosophy and Political Theory and law students do not need permission. Usual participants include graduate students in philosophy, political science, divinity, and law students. Anyone who wants to be on the email list for the papers, and also if they want to read a particular paper, should contact Lorrie Wehrs.