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. 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 August 1. Before you send your application, 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
Jeremy Waldron, NYU
Accountability: Fundamental to Democracy
Please note change of speaker
Moshe Halbertal, NYU
Joseph Raz, Columbia University
Why the State
Kristi Olson, Bowdoin College
Anthony Appiah, NYU
A Decent Respect: Honour in the Life of People and of Nations
Mattias Kumm, NYU and Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin
Constitutionalism and the Cosmopolitan State
Seana Shiffrin, UCLA
The Moral Neglect of Negligence
Scott Hershovitz , University of Michigan
The End of Jurisprudence
Barbara Herman, UCLA
Thinking About Imperfect Duties
Lea Ypi, London School of Economics
Structural Injustice and the Irrelevance of Attachment
Christine Korsgaard, Harvard University
The Claims of Animals and the Needs of Strangers: Two Cases of Imperfect Right
T. M. Scanlon, Harvard University
Note: New version with Afterthought added
Equality of Opportunity: A Normative Anatomy
Optional background reading: When does Equality Matter?
Julia Nefsky, University of Toronto
How You Can Help, Without Making a Difference