January 20, 2009
"Why Blogs Are Bad for Legal Scholarship"
It turns out that this little throwaway piece I wrote for a Yale Law Journal Pocket Part symposium several years ago remains "the most popular item" on the Pocket Part site. I guess it is being viewed by lots of angry bloggers or non-blogging skeptics or both!
December 01, 2008
ABA Journal 2nd Annual List of "Top 100" Blawgs
I do appreciate that the ABA Journal has listed this blog two years in a row among its 'top 100' law-related blogs, especially since the ABA Journal link directs a decent amount of traffic here. I am always amazed at how many of the blawgs on their list I've never heard of, and perhaps just a tad dismayed at how bad some of the blawgs are that they do list--but to each his own! If it weren't a slow news day, I wouldn't even post this notice, but, alas, no real news today!
In any case, my thanks to the ABA Journal for the continued link and exposure.
UPDATE: I guess if I thought any of this mattered, I would do this. But I don't. So don't bother. Just keep reading. Thanks.
September 16, 2008
A shutdown of the electrical system at the Law School on Monday night created some problems for those sending me e-mail at my Chicago address. It appears everything got through to me, but not till morning.
Please note we're having a repeat of the same shutdown tonight (Tuesday starting around 5 pm Central Time, 6 pm NYC time), and running through Wednesday morning. It might be best not to try to e-mail me during that time. The system should be up and running by 6 or 7 am on Wednesday morning. For urgent matters, leave me a phone message at my office. Thanks.
August 01, 2008
New Contact Info...
...for Brian Leiter. The Texas e-mail will continue to work for another couple of weeks, but the Chicago e-mail is already operational.
July 16, 2008
My Teaching at Chicago Next Year
A couple of folks have asked about my law & philosophy offerings, so here's what's on the agenda at this point:
I'll be doing the "Law and Philosophy Workshop" all year on the topic "Toleration and Religious Liberty." This is cross-listed between the Law School and Philosophy Department, and is open to students in either unit, as well as others at the university; all students will need to submit a statement of interest and other information to be considered for admission (there are details at the link, above). Speakers at the workshop will include Joseph Raz, Simon Blackburn, Susan Mendus, Leslie Green, and Martha Nussbaum, as well as various legal scholars and legal theorists.
In the fall quarter, I'll be offering in the Law School the basic Jurisprudence I course (scroll down) covering the nature of law and the theory of adjudication. In the Spring quarter, I'll offer Jurisprudence II (again, scroll down), which will cover "topics in moral, political, and legal theory." I haven't fixed the precise topics yet, but Juris I won't be a prerequisite. JD students get priority for these, though MA and PhD students from other units can take them as cognates.
Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions.
April 22, 2008
Advice Sought on Summer Travel in Southern Europe
I have professional engagements this summer in Northern Italy and Spain, and was hoping to spend some time between events with my family at some appealing place (nice beach, good swimming, great food) on the Italian or French Riviera (i.e., inbetween the Italian and Spanish engagements). I would be grateful for suggestions! Many thanks.
March 11, 2008
This is a rather hectic (but exciting) month for me, as I'm giving the Fresco Lectures in Jurisprudence at the University of Genoa in Italy, the Dunbar Lecture in Law and Philosophy at the University of Mississippi, and participating in an American Philosophical Association session (at the meeting in Pasadena) on Nietzsche. I may be slower than usual in replying to e-mails, but I will keep udpating the blog with pertinent faculty news, since this is likely to be a busy month for news.
December 31, 2007
A Google Curiosity
December 20, 2007
Trends in Law Blog Readership
Blog Emperor Caron has, of course, collected the facts! Traffic stats are, in one sense, misleading, since there are huge differences in visit length between blogs as well. The average length of a visit to this blog tends to be over one minute and forty seconds most of the time; the average length of a visit to the right-wing Instapundit blog, by contrast, tends to be about four seconds. So how does one combine these two data points--number of visits and length of visit--for a meaningful gauge of readership? Who knows?
December 05, 2007
Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy
This may only be of interest to a limited number of readers, but...I'm delighted to announce that The Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy (edited by myself and Michael Rosen) has now been published. It's an outstanding group of contributors from the U.S., Britain, Australia, Canada, and Continental Europe, including many of the leading senior and junior scholars in the field. Here is a pertinent bit from the "Introduction":
Since the 1970s, we have entered a “Golden Age” for English-speaking scholarship on the so-called “Continental” traditions of philosophy, meaning (primarily) philosophy after Kant in Germany and France in the 19th and 20th centuries. Much of this work has been concerned to introduce and interpret the writings of major individual thinkers and to locate them within a conceptual framework that is familiar to those with a background in the mainstream of philosophy as conventionally taught in Anglophone departments. At the same time, a hallmark of recent scholarly developments is the renewed appreciation for the sometimes distinctive historical and philosophical contexts in which Continental philosophy has been produced, allowing us to appreciate both where the Continental traditions depart from those familiar in the Anglophone world and to assess the philosophical merits of the distinctive philosophical positions developed.
This volume aims to give a representative sample of these important developments in philosophical scholarship, and, more importantly, to give a broad and inclusive thematic treatment of Continental philosophy, treating its subject-matter philosophically and not simply as a series of museum pieces from the history of ideas. Each of the essays takes up a topic from within the field in such a way as to bring key ideas into focus and capture their distinctiveness as well as providing a critical assessment of their value.