Political Theory Workshop

F 12-3:00
234 Moses
Course Description: 

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



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