Workshop in Law, Philosophy, and Political Theory

WORKSHOP IN LAW, PHILOSOPHY, AND POLITICAL THEORY (Law 210.2B)

Spring Semester 2018

All classes meet in 141 Boalt Hall (unless otherwise noted*), Fridays from 12:00pm-3:15pm. To request a copy of papers contact: amatullahas@berkeley.edu.

Course description:

This course is a workshop for discussing work-in-progress in moral, political, and legal theory. The workshop creates a space for students to engage directly with philosophers, political theorists, and legal scholars working on normative questions toward the goal of fostering critical thinking about concepts of value and developing analytical thinking and writing skills. Another aim is to bring together people from different disciplines and perspectives who have strong normative interests or who speak to issues philosophers and theorists should know something about. In Spring 2018, the theme will be democracy. The list of invited speakers is below.

The format of the course is as follows. For the sessions with guest presenters, lunch will be served starting at 12:00. We’ll begin at 12:15. A designated 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 and those not enrolled in the course will leave. Enrolled students will continue the discussion with the guest from 2:10 to 3:00.

This is a cross-listed/room-shared course. Law Students enroll through the Law School (Law 210.2B), the Philosophy Department (Philosophy 290-6), or the Political Science Department (PS 211). The first class will meet on Friday, January 19.

January 19 Professor Joshua Cohen
Niko Kolodny

Introductory meeting
(for enrolled students only)

January 26 Charles Beitz
Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics
Princeton University
TBA

February 2

Emilee Chapman
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Stanford University

TBA

February 9 Richard Brooks
Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law
Columbia University

TBA

February 16 Josiah Ober
Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Professor, Political Science and Classics
Stanford University

TBA

February 23 Alex Guerrero
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Rutgers University

TBA

March 2 Paul Pierson
John Gross Endowed Chair, Professor of Political Science
University of California, Berkeley

TBA

March 9 Bertrall Ross
Professor of Law
University of California, Berkeley

TBA

March 16 Gabriel Lenz
Associate Professor of Political Science
University of California, Berkeley

TBA

March 23 Alvin Goldman
Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science
Rutgers University
TBA
April 6 Daniel Viehoff
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
New York University

TBA

April 13 George Borjas
Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
TBA
April 20 Meena Krishnamurthy
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
University of Michigan

TBA

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