Law and Philosophy Workshop
2018-19 Topic: "Enlightenment liberalism and its critics, left and right"
The topic for 2018-19 will be “Enlightenment liberalism and its critics,” the critics coming from both the left and the right. Enlightenment liberalism was marked by its belief in human freedom and the need for justifications on any infringements of that freedom; by its commitment to individual rights (for example, rights to expression or to property); and by its faith in the rational and self-governing capacities of persons and their basic moral equality. The Workshop will begin in the fall with several classes just for students to discuss foundational readings from liberal thinkers like Locke, Kant and Mill, as well as visitors who will discuss their work on Locke and on Mill. In the Winter quarter, we will consider critics from the left, notably Marx (though we will touch on Marcuse and Mill in the fall). In Spring, we will turn to critics from the “right,” mainly Carl Schmitt though we will have one session related to Nietzsche as well (who rejects the moral equality of persons). There will be sessions with the students discussing primary texts and then sessions with outside speakers sometimes interpreting the primary texts, sometimes criticizing the critics of liberalism, and sometimes developing their ideas. Open to PhD students in philosophy, and to J.D. students and other graduate students who submit an application to Prof. Leiter detailing their background in philosophy.
Sessions marked with an * are for enrolled students only.
|*October 1, 2018||John Locke, Second Treatise of Government, sections 1-5 (4-6 pm)|
|October 8, 2018||Jeremy Waldron (NYU): “Species and the Shape of Equality,” Chapter 3 of his God, Locke, and Equality (Cambridge, 2002); optional reading: “A Religious Basis for Equality?,” Chapter 5 from Waldron’s One Another’s Equals: The Basis of Human Equalitly (Harvard, 2017).|
|*October 29, 2018||Kant, “What is Enlightenment?” and “Idea for a Universal History from a Cosmopolitan Point of View” (4-6 pm)|
|*November 26, 2018||John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, [which chapters?]; Leiter, “Justifying Academic Freedom: Mill and Marcuse Revisited,” pp. __-__ (4-6 pm)|
|December 3, 2018||David Brink (UC San Diego): “Liberal Preliminaries,” “Freedom of Expression in a Liberal Context,” and “Liberal Principles Refined,” Chapters 6-8 of his Mill’s Progressive Principles (Oxford, 2015).|
|*January 14, 2018||Marx, “On the Jewish Question” and excerpts from “The Communist Manifesto” (4-6 pm)|
|*January 28, 2018||Marx, excerpts from “The German Ideology” (4-6 pm)|
|February 11, 2019||Jaime Edwards (St. Norbert College), [on ideology]|
|February 25, 2019||Steven Lukes (NYU), readings to be announced (something on Marx)|
|March 4, 2019||
Martha Nussbaum (Chicago), “The Feminist Critique of Liberalism” (Lindley
|*April 1, 2019||
[excerpts from Kant’s Doctrine of Right, plus something on Marx on
|April 8, 2019||Allen Wood (Indiana/Bloomington), “Marx and Kant on Capitalist Exploitation”|
|April 22, 2019||Brian Leiter (Chicago), “The Death of God and the Death of Morality”|
|*April 29, 2019||Schmitt, The Concept of the Political including the “Notes” by Leo Strauss|
|May 6, 2019||
John P. McCormick (Chicago), “European Legitimacy Crises—Weimar and Today: Rational and Theocratic Authority in the Schmitt-Strauss Exchange,” available for download here.