The Colloquium in Legal, Political, and Social Philosophy was founded by Ronald Dworkin and Thomas Nagel in 1987. It is the original model for all of NYU Law's colloquia. The Colloquium is now convened by Liam Murphy, Samuel Scheffler, and Jeremy Waldron, two of whom will host in any given year.
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. Each week’s paper is posted at least a week in advance, and participants are expected to have read it.
The public sessions of the colloquium take place on Thursdays, from 4 to 7 pm, in the Lester Pollack Colloquium Room on the 9th Floor of Furman Hall, 245 Sullivan St (view campus map). Visitors’ papers will be posted in advance of each meeting on this page.
Students applying for credit:
Admission to the seminar is only by professor’s permission. Students wishing to take the colloquium for credit should send their applications (an e-mail letter with their background and interest in the colloquium) to Professor Murphy’s assistant, Lavinia Barbu, firstname.lastname@example.org, between June 1 and July 31. Before you send your application, if you are a non-Law student, please check with Academic Services to see if you are eligible to apply.
Students enrolled in the Colloquium meet separately with Professor Murphy for an additional two-hour seminar on Wednesday. One hour is devoted to a review of the preceding Thursday’s Colloquium discussion, and one hour in preparation for the Colloquium of the following day. Students are asked to write short papers weekly, and each student is asked to make two or more oral presentations to the seminar during the term. Each student is asked to expand one of his/her weekly papers, or oral presentations, for a final term paper.
Professors Liam Murphy and Samuel Scheffler
The Conference for the Colloquium, September 7 and 8
Funded by the research project grant awarded to the late Ronald Dworkin as part of his 2014 Balzan Prize, the conference celebrates Ronald Dworkin’s work by celebrating the Colloquium in Legal, Political, and Social Philosophy, which he convened with Thomas Nagel from 1987 to 2011, joined in the early years by Lawrence Sager and David Richards.
The conference will comprise four modified colloquium sessions. The papers will be posted on this page two weeks in advance. Each session will last for two hours, and there will be just one interlocutor for the guest speaker in each session. Our four distinguished speakers all presented at the colloquium during the Dworkin/Nagel years. We are happy to have, as a guest interlocutor, our former colleague Lawrence Sager. The first session of the conference will take place in the traditional Thursday afternoon colloquium time slot. All sessions will take place in the traditional colloquium room.
4:00 – 4:30 Welcome by Dean Trevor Morrison and acknowledgements
4:30 – 6:30 Session One
Thomas M. Scanlon (Harvard)
Commentator: Samuel Scheffler (NYU)
Chair: Liam Murphy (NYU)
10:00 – 12:00 Session Two
Frank Michelman (Harvard)
Rawls’s Constitution-Centered Propositions on Legitimacy: A Friendly Interrogation
Commentator: Lawrence Sager (University of Texas, Austin)
Chair: Lewis Kornhauser (NYU)
12:00 – 2:00 Lunch
2:00 – 4:00 Session Three
Seana Shiffrin (UCLA)
Commentator: Liam Murphy (NYU)
Chair: Jeremy Waldron (NYU)
4:00 – 5:00 Break
5:00 - 7:00 Session Four
Joseph Raz (King’s College London and Columbia)
Can Moral Principles Change?
Available here: https://sites.google.com/site/josephnraz/unpublishedpapers
Commentator: Jeremy Waldron (NYU)
Chair: Samuel Scheffler
Daniel Viehoff, NYU
Grainne de Burca, NYU
Samuel Freeman, University of Pennsylvania
Jerry Gaus, Arizona University
Robert Gooding –Williams, Columbia University
Susan Wolf, University of North Carolina
Ekow Yankah, Cardozo University
David Luban, Georgetown University
Laura Valentini, London School of Economics
Juliana Bidadanure, Stanford University
Debra Satz, Stanford University