Workshop in Law, Philosophy, and Political Theory – Fall 2015


Fall Semester 2015
Professors Joshua Cohen and Sarah Song

All classes meet in room 141 Law Building. (see map) Fridays at 12:00 noon-3pm. To request a copy of papers contact:


August 28, 2015 Professors Cohen
and Song
 Introductory meeting
(for enrolled students only)
September 4, 2015 Robert Cooter
Berkeley Law

The Two Enterprises of Law and Economics

September 11, 2015                                                             Melvin Rogers
UCLA Political Science
 The Demandingness of Freedom:
Walker and Racial Domination
September 18, 2015 Edward Miguel
UC Berkeley Economics             
The Value of Democracy_Abstract

The Value of Democracy:
Evidence from Road Building in Kenya
September 25, 2015 Alison McQueen
Stanford Political Science
MosaicLeviathan- Religion and Rhetoric Hobbes’ Political Thought_09.25.2015
October 2, 2015 Derrick Darby
University of Michigan
The Fair Value of Voting Rights
Paper available to workshop participants only, upon request.
October 9, 2015 Jacob Levy
McGill Political Science
 Against Fraternity Democracy Without Solidarity 2015
October 16, 2015


Seana Shiffrin
UCLA Law and Philosophy
The Moral Neglect of Negligence
October 23, 2015 Martha Nussbaum
University of Chicago
Law & Philosophy 
Disgust or Equality-Sexual Orientation and Indian Law_Nussbaum                                                                       
October 30, 2015


Jiwei Ci
University of Hong Kong

Agnostic Egalitarianism

Abstract and Brief Bio

November 6, 2015 Ori Aronson
Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law
The How Many Question
November 13, 2015 Avani Sood
Does Criminal Egregiousness Influence Judges in Search- and-Seizure Cases?:  An Empirical Triangulation of Motivated Admissibility Decisions
Paper available to workshop participants only, upon request.
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November 20, 2015 Amy Allen
Penn State Philosophy
Adorno, Foucault, and the End of Progress
Critical Theory in Postcolonial Times
December 4, 2015

Professors Cohen
and Song

Final meeting
(for enrolled students only)





Course description:

This course is designed as a workshop for the presentation and discussion of work-in-progress in moral, political, and legal theory. The central aim of the course is to provide an opportunity for students to engage directly with philosophers, political theorists, and legal scholars working on normative questions. Another aim is to create a space that brings together people from different disciplines who have strong normative interests or who speak to issues that philosophers and political theorists should know something about.   Toward this goal, we will devote a few sessions to featuring the work of economists, historians, psychologists, sociologists, and other social scientists.

The format of the course will be as follows. For the first two hours of the course, a student will lead off with a 15-minute comment on the presenter’s paper and the presenter will have 5-10 minutes to respond before we open up the discussion to the entire assembled group.  The first two hours will be open to non-enrolled students and faculty who wish to participate in the workshop discussion. At the end of the two hours, those who are not enrolled will leave, and for the third hour of the course, the guest presenter will continue the discussion with students enrolled in the course.  Enrolled students must serve as a discussant for at least one presenter’s work-in-progress and write several short response papers and a final paper of 15-20 pages.  The course is cross-listed with the Philosophy and Political Science Departments.


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