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Brian Leiter
Brian Leiter is Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the Center for Law, Philosophy & Human Values at the University of Chicago, where he teaches and writes about moral, political and legal philosophy, in both the Anglophone and Continental European traditions. 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 books include Nietzsche on Morality (Routledge, 2002), Naturalizing Jurisprudence (Oxford, 2007), and Why Tolerate Religion? (Princeton, 2013). His work has been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Portugese, Hebrew, Polish, Slovak, and Greek. He runs three blogs: one about legal education, one about academic philosophy, and one about Nietzsche.

Entries by Brian Leiter

Roosevelt, Reagan and the Sanders Moment

(61) Comments | Posted January 31, 2016 | 7:15 PM

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected president in 1932 in the depths of the Great Depression, and went on to win re-election an unprecedented three times. Far more importantly, the Roosevelt vision of a powerful federal government -- one that intervened aggressively in the economy to insure a measure of basic...

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Salaita v. University of Illinois: The Constitutional Issues

(11) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 10:31 PM

Now that the University of Illinois has affirmed its illegal decision to revoke the offer of a tenured position to Prof. Steven Salaita, I want to here explore in some more detail the constitutional issues at stake in the litigation that is likely to follow.

Public universities, like...

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University of Illinois Repeals the First Amendment for Its Faculty

(53) Comments | Posted August 23, 2014 | 6:58 PM

Late Friday afternoon (August 22), the University of Illinois broke its three-week long silence on the controversy regarding the Chancellor's revocation of a tenured offer to Steven Salaita, who had accepted a faculty position in the American Indian Studies Program at the flagship campus at Urbana-Champaign.

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The Recurring Myth About Nietzsche and Fascism

(2) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 1:13 PM

Benighted student members of the Union Council at University College London have made headlines internationally after voting to ban a student group, "the Nietzsche Club," on the grounds that Nietzsche is "on the extreme-right," a "racist" with connections "direct or indirect, with Italian fascism and German...

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Why Philosophy Has Been Central to Legal Education for More Than a Century

(4) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 10:54 PM

In a prior post, I noted the developments in American legal education over the last 150 years that have led to the central place of economics, psychology, and history, among other disciplines, to the study of law. One discipline I did not say much about, however, was my...

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American Legal Education: The First 150 Years

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2014 | 9:41 PM

Why do law schools educate new lawyers the way they do, not only through the "case method" and Socratic questioning, the methodology made famous in the 1973 film The Paper Chase (though hardly any professors are as mean as the film's notorious Professor Kingsfield), but also through interdisciplinary...

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'Experiential' Education Is Not the Solution to the Problems Facing Law Schools

(4) Comments | Posted January 5, 2014 | 4:04 PM

No one wants to let a crisis go to waste, and the current crisis afflicting many American law schools is no different. As I noted previously, the recession in the legal market, together with better reporting of employment outcomes, has triggered a huge downturn in applications to law...

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American Law Schools and the Psychology of Cyber-Hysteria

(15) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 11:56 AM

Previously, I wrote about how the steep decline in applications to law schools was an unsurprising "consumer" response to the downturn in the legal sector in the wake of the financial crisis and the recognition that student debt was no longer dischargeable in bankruptcy. What was surprising, however,...

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American Law Schools: The New Economic Realities

(11) Comments | Posted December 29, 2013 | 3:05 PM

Lawyers produce the invisible infrastructure of life in all modern societies. This home is mine, that car is yours, you can't take that property, she is entitled to that dividend, he earned that wage, your doctor can not disclose that condition, the police can not examine the contents of that...

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