Workshop in Law, Philosophy, and Political Theory – Fall 2016


Fall Semester 2016

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

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 12-15 pages.  The course is cross-listed with the Philosophy and Political Science Departments.

August 26
141 Law Building
Professors Cohen
and Munoz-Darde

Introductory meeting
(for enrolled students only)

September 2
141 Law Building
Jennifer Morton

Can Education Undermine Representation?


September 9
141 Law Building

Mark Bevir
UC Berkeley
Political Science     

Note to participants and Abstract

A New Governance:  Hierarchies, Markets, and Networks

September 16
141 Law Building
Clarissa Hayward
Washington University
Political Science and Philosophy
Motivated Ignorance and Disruptive Politics
September 23
141 Law Building
Sophia Moreau
University of Toronto
Equality and Discrimination
September 30
141 Law Building
Sarah Song
UC Berkeley
Law and Political Sciences                      
Why Does the State Have the Right to Control Immigration?
(copy of paper available upon request to:
October 7
141 Law Building
Susanna Siegel
The Problem of Culturally Normal Belief
October 14
170 Law Building
Tim (Thomas M.) Scanlon

Why Does Inequality Matter? (chapters-8-9)
(concluding chapters of manuscript)

October 21
141 Law Building
Alex Voorhoeve
London School of Economics                   

May a Government Mandate more Extensive Health  Insurance than Citizens Want for Themselves?

October 28
141 Law Building
Richard Tuck
How Hobbesian Is Rosseau and How Rosseauian is Hobbes?
November 4
141 Law Building
Alex Kirshner
Duke University
Political Science

Nonideal Democratic Authority and Undemocratic Elections


November 18
141 Law Building
Niko Kolodny
UC Berkeley

Democracy for Idealists

Democracy for Idealists_Abstract

December 2
132 Law Building
Kenneth A. Taylor 
Stanford University

Species of Entitlement

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