Law and Philosophy

Martha Nussbaum, "Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach"

International agencies used to measure the quality of life in a nation simply by looking at GDP per capita. Recently that approach has been challenged by an approach that focuses on people's "capabilities": what they are actually able to do and be, their substantial freedoms, in some central areas of life.


63:15 minutes (57.9 MB)

Michael Walzer, "Trying Political Leaders"

The subject of this year's Dewey Lecture is the political morality and wisdom of putting political leaders on trial after we have endured their leadership (and other nations, perhaps, have endured their crimes). Political trials have a long history-and the judgments we make of their judgments are highly contested.

Michael Walzer, "Trying Political Leaders"

The subject of this year's Dewey Lecture is the political morality and wisdom of putting political leaders on trial after we have endured their leadership (and other nations, perhaps, have endured their crimes). Political trials have a long history-and the judgments we make of their judgments are highly contested.


87:32 minutes (80.14 MB)

The Dewey Lecture's Honored History

The Dewey Lecture's Honored History
Lynn Safranek
Law School Office of Communications
January 19, 2010

When Professor Emeritus Michael Walzer visits the Law School on Wednesday, he will become the next in a long line of distinguished guests to deliver the annual Dewey Lecture.

Faculty: 
Martha Nussbaum

Conference: Creating Capabilities: Sources and Consequences for Law and Social Policy

Date: 
04.23.2010 - 04.24.2010
Location: 
The University of Chicago Law School

This conference, organized by James Heckman, Martha Nussbaum and Robert Pollak, examines a variety of conceptions of human capability, including the Human Development and Capabilities Approach in relation to the recent literature on the economics, neuroscience, and psychology of human development in order to enrich both fields.

Dewey Lecture in Law & Philosophy: Michael Walzer, "Trying Political Leaders"

Date: 
01.20.2010
Location: 
Courtroom

The subject of this year's Dewey Lecture is the political morality and wisdom of putting political leaders on trial after we have endured their leadership (and other nations, perhaps, have endured their crimes). Political trials have a long history-and the judgments we make of their judgments are highly contested.

Michael Forster

Visiting Professor, Department of Philosophy

Please visit the University's Department of Philosophy website to read Michael Forster's biography.

Christine Korsgaard, "Interacting with Animals: A Kantian Account"

Christine Korsgaard is Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. This talk, the 2008 Dewey Lecture in Law and Philosophy, was recorded November 5, 2008, as part of Animal Law Week, sponsored by the McCormick Companions' Fund.

Torture, Law, and War: Law and Philosophy

Should the law absolutely ban coercive interrogation? And can and should it really mean it?

Chair: Andrew Koppelman, Law, Northwestern University
Panelists:

Robert Goodin "An Epistemic Case for Legal Moralism"

Robert E. Goodin is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and of Social & Political Theory in the Research School of Social Sciences at Australian National University. This talk was recorded January 16, 2008 as the 2007-2008 John Dewey Lecture on Jurisprudence.

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