This course is a workshop for discussing work-in-progress in moral, political, and legal theory. The workshop creates a space for students to engage directly with philosophers, political theorists, and legal scholars working on normative questions toward the goal of fostering critical thinking about concepts of value and developing analytical thinking and writing skills. Another aim is to bring together people from different disciplines and perspectives who have strong normative interests or who speak to issues philosophers and theorists should know something about. In Spring 2018, the theme will be democracy. The list of invited speakers is below.
The format of the course is 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 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, faculty, and visitors who wish to participate in the workshop discussion. We’ll stop for a break at 2 and those not enrolled in the course will leave. Enrolled students will continue the discussion with the guest from 2:10 to 3:00.
For Spring 2018, Professor Niko Kolodny will be teaching with Jpshua Cohen , and the theme will be democracy.
January 19 Introductory session – for enrolled students only
January 26 Charles Beitz, Princeton University Politics
Feb 2 Emilee Chapman, Stanford University Political Science
Feb 9 Richard Brooks, Columbia University Law
Feb 16 Josiah Ober, Stanford University Political Science
Feb 23 Alex Guererro, Rutgers University Philosophy
Mar 2 Paul Pierson, UC Berkeley Political Science
Mar 9 Bertrall Ross, UC Berkeley Law
Mar 16 Gabriel Lenz, UC Berkeley Political Science
Mar 23 Alvin Goldman, Rutgers University Philosophy
Apr 6 Daniel Viehoff, New York University Philosophy
Apr 19 George Borjas, Harvard University Kennedy School
Apr 20 Meena Krishnamurthy, University of Michigan Philosophy
Note: This course follows the Law School Calendar