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Brian Leiter

Brian Leiter joined the faculty in the academic year 2008-09, simultaneously founding the Law School’s Center for Law, Philosophy & Human Values.  Prior to that, he taught for thirteen years at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was (at the time) the youngest chairholder in the history of the law school.  He has also been a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale University and the University of Paris X-Nanterre, and a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Oxford University and University College London.

His teaching and research interests are in moral, political, and legal philosophy, in both the Anglophone and Continental European traditions, and the law of evidence.  His books include Objectivity in Law and Morals (Cambridge, 2001) (editor), The Future for Philosophy (Oxford, 2004), Naturalizing Jurisprudence (Oxford, 2007), Why Tolerate Religion? (Princeton, 2013), and Nietzsche on Morality (Routledge, 2nd edition, 2015).   His recent articles have appeared in Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Virginia Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Criminal Law & Philosophy, and Oxford Studies in Metaethics.  He is presently working on projects in moral psychology and meta-ethics (often in relation to Nietzsche), on realism as a theme in political and legal theory, on meta-ethical and metaphysical questions in general jurisprudence, and on philosophical issues about free speech, in both the liberal and Marxian traditions. His work has been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Portugese, Hebrew, Polish, Slovak, and Greek.

Leiter has given named lectures at universities around the world—including recently the Fresco Lectures in Jurisprudence at the University of Genoa in Italy (in both 2014 and 2008) and the Julius Stone Address in Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney in Australia (in 2013)—as well as many keynote addresses, including, in 2016, at the Summer School on “The Hermeneutics of Suspicion” at the University of Bonn in Germany and the international conference on “The Role of Judges in a Democracy” at the University of Belgrade in Serbia.  He was editor of the journal Legal Theory from 2000 to 2008, and is the founding editor of the Routledge Philosophers book series and of Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Law (with Leslie Green).  He also serves on the editorial boards of Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Journal of Nietzsche Studies, Journal of Moral Philosophy, The Philosopher’s Annual, Theoria (Sweden), Anilisi e Diritto (Italy), Problema:  Anuario de Filosofia y Teoría (Mexico), Indian Journal of Legal Theory, and Revista de Teoría Jurídica (Argentina), among others.