Workshop in Law, Philosophy, and Political Theory – Fall 2017


Fall Semester 2017

All classes meet in 141 Law Building (unless otherwise noted*), Fridays from 12:00pm-3:15pm. To request a copy of papers contact:

Course description:

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 philosophers, political theorists, and legal scholars working on normative questions. Another aim is to create a space that brings together people from different disciplines and perspectives — including economists, sociologists, and political scientists as well as journalists — who have strong normative interests or who speak to issues philosophers and theorists should know something about. In Fall 2017, the workshop will focus on “borders, citizenship, and immigration.” A list of confirmed presenters is below.

The format of the course will be 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 presenter’s 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 and faculty who wish to participate in the workshop discussion. We’ll stop for a break at 1:45 and those not enrolled in the course will leave. Enrolled students will continue the discussion with the guest presenter from 2:00 to 3:00.

This is a room-shared course. Students may enroll through the Law School (Law 210.2), Philosophy Department (Philosophy 290), or the Political Science Department (PS 211). The first class will meet on Friday, August 25.

August 25 Professor Joshua Cohen
Professor Sarah Song

Introductory meeting
(for enrolled students only)

September 1 Michael Clemens
Center for Global Development
 “On the Sovereignty to Exclude Immigrants:  A Factual Allegory”

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September 8

Joseph Carens
University of Toronto Political Science  

 “Why Do Political Philosophers Disagree?
Reflections on David Miller’s
‘Strangers in Our Midst'”

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September 15 Anna Stilz

  “The Duty to Allow
      Harmless Migration” 

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September 22
Institute of Governmental Studies
Kamal Sadiq
UC Irvine
Political Science

 “Is Survival Citizenship?”

  Workshop attendees email a request for a copy of the paper:

September 29 Irene Bloemraad
UC Berkeley

 “Theorizing the Power of Citizenship as Claims-Making” 

Paper distributed to workshop attendees only; send email request for a copy of the paper:

Background material:
IMR article

October 6

Sungmoon Kim
City University of
Hong Kong
Public Policy

  “A Confucian Case for Equal Membership for
Foreign Domestic Workers”

Workshop attendees email a request for a copy of the paper: 

October 13 Katerina Linos
UC Berkeley
School of Law

“Measuring Ethnic Prejudice via
Text Message Donations”
co-authors: Laura Jakli and
Melissa Carlson

Workshop attendees email a request for a copy of the paper: 

October 20
Institute of Governmental Studies
Rogers Smith
University of Pennsylvania
Political Science

  “A Progressive Case for Accommodating Religious Conservatives”

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October 27 David Martin
University of Virginia
School of Law
  “What Makes Migration Control
Morally Legitimate?”

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November 3 Cristina Rodriguez
Law School

 “The President and
Immigration Law” 

November 17 Leti Volpp
UC Berkeley
School of Law
  “Protecting the Nation from
‘Honor Killings’:
The Construction of a Problem”
Paper distributed to workshop attendees only; send email request for a copy of the paper:
December 1
*Rm. 145 Law Building
Reihan Salam
Executive Editor of National Review

 Final meeting
for enrolled students only

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