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


Spring Semester 2016
Professors Joshua Cohen and Kinch Hoekstra

All classes meet in room 202 Barrows Hall. (see map) 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.


January 22
202 Barrows Hall
Professors Cohen
and Kinch Hoekstra

 Introductory meeting
(for enrolled students only)


January 29
202 Barrows Hall
Barbara Fried
Stanford University
School of Law

“Facing Up to Risk”


February 5
202 Barrows     Hall                   

Melissa Schwartzberg
New York University
Department of Politics                 

“Civil Juries and Democratic Legitimacy”

February 12
Warren Room in Boalt Hall
(295 Simon)

Aziz Rana
Cornell University
School of Law

 “The Rise of the Constitution”
Paper available to enrolled students, to request a copy contact:

Author’s Note


February 19
202 Barrows Hall
Tania Lombrozo
UC Berkeley

“Wrong or Merely Prohibited_Special Treatment of Strict Liability in Intuitive Moral Judgment”


February 26
202 Barrows Hall

Brian Leiter,
University of Chicago
School of Law



March 4
202 Barrows Hall
Jason Frank
Cornell University

“Tocqueville’s Religious Dread”


March 11
202 Barrows Hall
Rob Reich
Stanford University
Political Science
 “Repugnant to the Whole Idea of Democracy_On the Role of Foundations in Democratic Societies”

Note and Abstract

March 18
202 Barrows Hall
Pranab Bardhan
UC Berkeley

“The State and Economic Development”


April 1
126 Barrows Hall
Note room change
Glenn Loury
Brown University

 Revised Title: Changing My Mind about
Inequality in 21st Century America 
(Or, What’s a Self-Respecting Black
Intellectual to Do?)”

For copies of the paper email: 

April 8
202 Barrows Hall
Pamela Hieronymi
Standpoints and Freedom


April 15
202 Barrows Hall
Hélène Landemore
Political Science
April 22
202 Barrows Hall
Mark Greenberg
UCLA Law and Philosophy
 “Principles of Legal Interpretation”
Paper is available to workshop participants only.
For copies of the paper email:
April 29
202 Barrows Hall

Professors Cohen and
Kinch Hoekstra

Final meeting
(for enrolled students only)




















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