Plenary Speakers

Jules L. Coleman, “Utilitarianism and the Justification of the Reactive Attitudes in Law.”

Jules L. Coleman is the Wesley Newcomb Hohfeld Professor of Jurisprudence and Professor of Philosophy at Yale University.  He has contributed decisively to debates in contemporary jurisprudence and in discussions of ethics, economics and the law.   He is the author and editor of numerous books, including The Practice of Principle; Markets, Morals and the Law; Hart’s Postscript; Risks and Wrongs and The Oxford Handbook of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law.

Debra Satz, “Equality, Sufficiency and Human Rights”

Debra Satz is director of the Program in Ethics and Society at Stanford University and Professor of Philosophy there.   She writes widely in the fields of moral and political philosophy, philosophy of social science, and feminist theory, and is well-known for her discussions of democratic citizenship, equality and the limits of markets.  Her recent contributions include: “What Do We Owe the Global Poor?”; “Equality, Adequacy, and Education for Citizenship”; “Liberalism, Economic Freedom, and the Limits of Markets”; “Child Labor: A Normative Perspective” and “Rational Choice and Social Theory”.

Quentin Skinner, “Utilitarianism and the Triumph of Modern Liberty”.

Quentin Skinner is the former Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University and, most recently, the Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Queen Mary College, University of London.  He has helped shape contemporary approaches to political theory both through his methodological writings and through his substantive historical studies of Renaissance and early-modern Europe thought.  His numerous publications include: The Foundations of Modern Political Thought; Machiavelli; Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes; Visions of Politics and Hobbes and Republican Liberty.

Cheryl Welch, “Is Tocqueville the 'anti-Bentham'?: Utilitarianism and the French Democratic Tradition”

Cheryl Welch is a Professor of Political Science at Simmons College and a distinguished  scholar of 19th-century liberalism and democratic theory.  In recent writings, she has explored, among other questions, the impact of debates over empire, slavery and colonialism on the formation of modern political theory.  Her many publications include: Liberty and Utility: The French Ideologues and the Transformation of Liberalism; De Tocqueville; Critical Issues in Social Theory and The Cambridge Companion to Tocqueville.