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March 28, 2009

Jurisprudence II: Objectivity

My tentative Spring Quarter Syllabus (Download Jurisprudence II Syllabus 2009), for those who might be interested.

Posted by Brian Leiter on March 28, 2009 in General Jurisprudence | Permalink | Comments (0)

March 12, 2009

Which journals publish the highest quality work in philosophy of law?

A new poll, which might provide some useful information for younger scholars figuring out where to submit their work.

UPDATE:  I should probably remind readers that I am no longer an editor of Legal Theory (I served in that capacity from 2000 through the middle of last year), though I remain on the editorial board.  (Les Green and I are editing the new Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Law, which, for now, involves only comissioned pieces [the first volume will include new essays by Gardner, Perry, Greenberg, Laudan, Guastini, Baron, and Toh, among others].)   Legal Theory will soon have in place a great new lead editorial team, consisting of Matt Adler (Penn), David Brink (UC San Diego), Connie Rosati (Arizona), and Scott Shapiro (Yale).  Larry Alexander (San Diego) and Jule Coleman (Yale) are still editors during the transition.

Posted by Brian Leiter on March 12, 2009 in The Profession | Permalink | Comments (0)

March 10, 2009

Five New JD/PhDs in Philosophy Accept Tenure-Track Jobs in U.S. Law Schools

I was pleased to see the strong representation for law-and-philosophy typesin Solum's initial listing of junior hiring by U.S. law schools; indeed, it looks like the PhD in philosophy dominates all other disciplines among the JD/PhDs in the pool so far!  The new hires are:

Brooklyn Law School:  Brian Lee (JD Yale 2008, PhD Princeton 1999).

Louisiana State University:  Ken Levy (JD Columbia 2002, PhD Rutgers 1999).

Saint Louis University:  Chad Flanders (JD Yale 2007, PhD Chicago 2004).

Southwestern University:  Caleb Mason (JD Georgetown 2005, PhD Columbia 2001).

Villanova University:  Michelle Madden Dempsey (JD Michigan 1996, DPhil [Jurisprudence] Oxford 2008).

It does not appear that any of the new hires are products of JD/PhD programs, and I don't know how central law-and-philosophy work is for all these newly appointed faculty (though I know it is important for several of them).

Congratulations to all!

Posted by Brian Leiter on March 10, 2009 in The Profession | Permalink | Comments (1)

March 7, 2009

Which U.S. law school is best for "law and philosophy"?

Alas, dear readers, someone sent me a link to a Condorcet polling site, which made cooking up a new poll irresistible.  It tracks IP addresses, so no strategic voting!  And remember that 19th is the default ranking--if you don't want to score a school, choose 'no opinion.'

ALERT:  "L. Green" should have an # for part-time, not an * for 'over 70 in 2009' next to his name!  Sorry about that.

ANOTHER:  Gary Watson was wrongly omitted from the Southern California list--he is now roughly one-third in law, two-thirds in philosophy at USC since this past fall.

Posted by Brian Leiter on March 7, 2009 in Navel-Gazing | Permalink | Comments (1)

March 3, 2009

Who was the most important legal philosopher of the 20th-Century

I've been having fun with (utterly unscientific and unreliable) polls on my other blogs, so here's one for this audience.   Maybe we'll have a run-off, depending on the results here.  Feel free to post omissions from the list below in the comments.

Who was the most important legal philospher of the 20th-Century?

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UPDATE (MARCH 4, 7 PM CST):  Here are the results after 70 votes:

1.  H.L.A. Hart (59%)

2.  Joseph Raz (13%)

3.  Ronald Dworkin (9%)

4.  John Finnis (6%)

4.  Hans Kelsen (6%)

6.  None of the choices offered--someone else (4%)

7.  Lon Fuller (3%)

8.  Karl Llewellyn (1%)

By the way, I didn't vote for Llewellyn, I voted for Hart.  Much as I enjoy Llewellyn, he's not, needless to say, a good philosopher (though not obviously worse than Fuller!).  Obviously the Anglophone readership explains how Kelsen could come in behind Dworkin.   I'll do another tally in a few days.

UPDATE (MARCH 7 6 PM CST):  So with not quite 140 votes cast, here's my final tally:

1.  H.L.A. Hart (55%)

2.  Hans Kelsen (14%)

3.  Joseph Raz (11%)

4.  Ronald Dworkin (9%)

5.  John Finnis (5%)

6.  Someone not listed as a choice (3%)

7.  Lon Fuller (2%)

8.  Karl Llewellyn (1%)

8.  Alf Ross (1%)

Congratulations to the winners!  Your prize check is in the mail!

Posted by Brian Leiter on March 3, 2009 in Games | Permalink | Comments (4)