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December 4, 2007

Dworkin and Metaethics

A philosophy graduate student writes:

A friend of mine has a writing sample on Dworkin's recent fortay into metaethics. He recently sent me one of the comments he got from one of the faculty members here. The comment:

"This paragraph, although relevant, isn't wholly necessary. However, you should get rid of it because, although you characterize Dworkin accurately, his view is so implausible that readers unfamiliar with Dworkin's paper might think that you are mischaracterizing Dworkin."

Posted by Brian Leiter on December 4, 2007 in Bad Jurisprudence | Permalink


Best Light Requirement. :)

Posted by: Tomáš Sobek | Dec 5, 2007 3:24:32 AM

Using an essay on Dworkin's metaethical views as one's writing sample strikes me as a rather risky move - given that there are volumes of other published work that many regard as more important in the area. At a minimum, sending this in with an application (for anything) would show that the student failed to engaged with the mainstream literature in metaethics. And the worst case is that a faculty committee member could (reasonably) infer that, by finding Dworkin's metaethical work of such importance, the student radically misconceives the fundamental questions of metaethics.

Posted by: Michael Sevel | Dec 7, 2007 11:42:44 AM

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