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.
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.
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.
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?
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":
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.
Daniel Solove (George Washington) compiles an amusing list of blogs based on their supposed "readability" level. He doesn't note that my legal philosophy blog and my Nietzsche blog are both at the "genius" level (which shows that "genius" ain't what it used to be). Of course, readability level is not the same as intellectual level or content, though when one looks at the list of those blogs (and news outlets) purported to be at the "junior high" level, the conflation is tempting! And when the disgraceful Drudge Report turns out to be at the "elementary school" level, one begins to think this measure is on to something!
...Daniel Solove (George Washington) has the information you seek! Soon it will be easier to compile a list of law professors who are not blogging. (Of course, the number who are listed as being members of a blog and the number who actually blog are quite different.)