The Legal Philosophy Workshop

May 3, 2014 - May 4, 2014
The Wharton School, Department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, University of Pennsylvania

3750 Walnut St
United States

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The Legal Philosophy Workshop is a conference designed to foster reflection on the nature of law and the philosophical issues underlying its different areas. Our aim is to promote work that connects legal philosophy with other branches of philosophy (e.g. moral and political philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of language, epistemology, or philosophy of action) and to create a venue for the critical examination of different viewpoints about law.

Our hope is to make the LPW into an annual event, in venues alternating between the USA and the UK. The 2014 LPW will take place on 3-4 May 2014 at the University of Pennsylvania.

The organisers are Nico Cornell (Pennsylvania), Luis Duarte d’Almeida (Edinburgh), Dimitris Kyritsis (Reading), George Letsas (UCL), and David Plunkett (Dartmouth)



Saturday, May 3

10-12 Daniel Viehoff (Sheffield), “Serving the Governed”. Commentator: Candice Delmas (Clemson)

12-1 Lunch

1-3 Stephen Finlay (USC) & David Plunkett (Dartmouth), “A Quasi-Expressivist Theory of Legal Statements”. Commentator: Luis Duarte d’Almeida (Edinburgh)

3-3:30 Coffee and Tea

3:30- 5:30 Zoe Sinel (Western Ontario) “Justifying Private Law's Self-Help Remedies”. Commentator: Claudio Michelon (Edinburgh)

6-8 Dinner


Sunday, May 4

9-10 Breakfast

10-12 Kevin Toh (San Francisco State), “Disputes of Taste and Disputes of Law: Stakes and Upshots”.  Commentator: Scott Hershovitz (Michigan)

12-1 Lunch

1-3 James Edwards (Cambridge), “Harm Principles”. Commentator: Alex Guerrero (Penn)

3-3:30 Coffee and Tea

3:30-5:30 Julia Markovits (MIT), “Laws and Reasons”. Commentator: Chris Essert (Queen's)


Registration is free and open to anyone, as long as there is adequate space remaining. But one must register in advance in order to participate. This ensures that we can circulate papers in advance and that we have an accurate head count.

In order to register, please send an email to Nico Cornell ( with the subject heading “LPW Registration.”  

Papers will be circulated a few weeks prior to the workshop.


All workshop sessions will take place in Jon M. Huntsman Hall, located at 3750 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA.

For information on lodging please visit our webpage at


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