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210.2A sec. 001 - Workshop in Law, Philosophy & Political Theory (Fall 2020)

Instructor: Joshua Cohen  
Instructor: Desmond Jagmohan  
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


F 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 28, 2020
To November 20, 2020

Course Start: August 28, 2020
Course End: November 20, 2020
Class Number: 32584

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 3
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 8
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

This course is a workshop for discussing work-in-progress in moral, political, and legal theory. The central aim is to enable students to engage directly with legal scholars, philosophers, and political theorists working on important normative questions. Another aim is to bring together scholars from different disciplines and perspectives, such as economics, history, sociology, and political science, who have normative interests.

This semester the workshop, co-taught by Joshua Cohen and Desmond Jagmohan, will focus on the theme of property and justice. The semester will look at the subject historically and thematically. There are several sub-themes worth noting. The first is on the philosophical and legal foundations of property rights, moving from intimate to global concerns: the idea of self-ownership (Carnegy-Arbuthnott), patent protection and distributive justice (Syed), ownership and social obligations (Katz), and public ownership (Wyman). The second theme is on the historical relationship between race, slavery and property (Rosenthal, Jones-Rogers, and Nichols): what it means to own human beings, to have propery right in another person. The third theme is on territory and indigenous politics: the cost of conquest in North America (Hendrix) and its literary reclaiming (intellectual property) in the Americas, more broadly (Zimmer). The fourth theme looks at property rights from two quite different perspectives: the use of coercion to coordinate property rights across borders (Wenar) and what it means to have few, if any property rights”homelessness (Essert). The moral vulnerabilities of the homeless should be of especial interest here.

The format of the course is as follows. For the sessions with guest presenters, a designated student commentator will lead off with a 15-minute comment on the paper. The presenter will have 5-10 minutes to respond and then we will open up the discussion to the group. The first part of the course will be open to non-enrolled students, faculty, and visitors who wish to participate in the workshop discussion. We’ll stop for a break at 2:00 and those not enrolled in the course will leave. Enrolled students will continue the discussion with the guest until 3:00.

This is a cross-listed/room-shared course with the Philosophy and Political Science Departments. Students may enroll through Law (Law 210.2), Philosophy (Philosophy 290-09), or Political Science (PS 211). The first class will meet on Friday, August 28.

8/28 Intro meeting (for enrolled students only)

9/4 Burke Hendrix, University of Oregon
9/11 Hannah Carnegy-Arbuthnott, York University
9/18 Leif Wenar, Stanford University
9/25 Caitlin Rosenthal, UC, Berkeley

10/2 Talha Syed, UC, Berkeley
10/9 Stephanie Jones-Rogers, UC, Berkeley
10/16 Robert Nichols, University of Minnesota
10/23 Chris Essert, University of Toronto

11/30 Zac Zimmer, University of California, Santa Cruz
11/6 Katrina Wyman, NYU Law
11/13 Martin Hagglund, Yale University
11/20 Larissa Katz, University of Toronto

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)

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