Colloquium in Legal, Political and Social Philosophy
Professors Ronald Dworkin and Thomas Nagel
Fall 2011, Thursday, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Furman Hall, Lester Pollack Room, 9th floor
245 Sullivan Street at West 4th Street [Google Map]
Each week on Thursday a legal theorist or moral or political philosopher presents a paper to the group, which consists of students, faculty from the Law School and other departments of NYU, and faculty from other universities. The choice of subject is left to the paper’s author, within the general boundaries of the Colloquium’s subjects, and the discussions are therefore not connected by any structured theme for the term as a whole, though in past years certain central topics were canvassed in several weeks’ discussion. The Colloquium aims, not to pursue any particular subject, but to explore new work in considerable depth and so allow students to develop their own skill in theoretical analysis.
The Thursday sessions are open to the academic public and registration is not necessary, but please be ready to show a valid ID to the guards.
Please see the schedule of speakers below. The papers for discussion will be available via the list below one week in advance of a speaker’s appearance, and they will also be distributed at the preceding session.
Students who wish to take the seminar for credit:
The seminar is usually on Wednesday between 2-4 PM.
The seminar is only by professor’s permission. Students wishing to take the colloquium for credit should send their applications to Professor Dworkin’s assistant, Lavinia Barbu, firstname.lastname@example.org during June 1- July 15.
- The application is a brief email statement of the student’s background in legal, moral or political philosophy and may include other relevant materials.
- Please indicate how you may be reached over the summer.
- In the title of the email please indicate: Application for the Colloquium in Legal, Political and Social Philosophy and your full name.
- Each student will receive a brief confirmation message when they submit their application.
- Students will be informed about Professor Dworkin's decision during the first week of August. Please make sure you are registered for other classes just to be on the safe side.
- If you are enrolled at other universities please check your eligibility with the Academic Services.
For any info about the colloquium please contact:
NYU School of Law • Vanderbilt Hall, 416
40 Washington Square South • New York, NY 10012-1009
Voice: 212-998-6252 • Fax: 212-995-4894
Papers and presenters from previous years :
Fall 2011 Schedule of Presenters
Richard Revesz, NYU
Climate Change and Future Generations
Joseph Carens, University of Toronto
From Joe Carens to Colloquium Members:
The attached paper contains selected excerpts from two chapters of a book I am completing
on the ethics of immigration. The full chapters are available on the Colloquium website.
In the interest of keeping the text to a manageable length, I have removed not only substantial
portions but also all of the substantive endnotes except for note 12
(which I thought would be of a particular interest to this group).
Open Borders and the Claims of Community
Pamela Hieronymi, UCLA Department of Philosophy
Paper removed at the author's request.
Samuel Freeman, University of Pennsylvania
Liberalism, Capitalism, and Libertarianism
Lewis Kornhauser, NYU
Designing Collegial Courts
Jeremy Waldron, NYU
Stare Decisis and the Rule of Law: A Layered Approach
Joseph Heath, University of Toronto
A Puzzle for Contractualism
Richard Fallon, Harvard University
Scholars' Briefs and the Vocation of a Law Professor
Sharon Street, NYU
How to Be a Relativist About Normativity
Scott Shapiro, Yale Law School
Dale Jamieson, NYU
The Frontiers of Ethics
Ronald Dworkin, NYU
Religion without God