Workshop in Law, Philosophy & Political Theory

Fall 2021
Friday 12-3pm
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 legal scholars, philosophers, and political theorists working on important normative questions. Another aim is to bring together scholars from different disciplines and perspectives, such as economics, history, sociology, and political science, who have normative interests.

The theme for the Fall 2021 workshop is Rawls’s A Theory of Justice fifty years on.

The format of the course is as follows: for the sessions with guest presenters, a designated student 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 2:00 and those not enrolled in the course will leave. Enrolled students will continue the discussion with the guest until 3:00.

This is a cross-listed/room-shared course with the Philosophy and Political Science Departments. Students may enroll through Law (Law 210.2), Philosophy (Philosophy 290-09), or Political Science (PS 211). The first class will be on Friday, August 20th - 12PM-3PM, and the final class meeting is November 19th .

This semester the workshop is co-taught by Joshua Cohen and Veronique Munoz-Darde


20th August            –          Introduction – no speaker     

27th August            –          Lara Buchak, Princeton

3rd September       –          Thomas Piketty, EHESS & the Paris School of Economics

10th September       –          Samuel Scheffler, NYU         

17th September       –          Samuel Freeman, University of Pennsylvania

24th September       –          Sarah Song, UC Berkeley

1st October            –          Tommie Shelby, Harvard

8th October            –          Seana Shiffrin, UCLA

15th October          –          T. M. Scanlon, Harvard

22nd October          –          Arthur Ripstein, University of Toronto

29th October          –          Teresa Bejan, Oxford

5th November        –          Erin Kelly, Tufts

12th November       –          Josh Cohen, UC Berkeley

19th November      –          Kenzie Bok, Harvard