Recent and Upcoming Talks


2017-2018

July
  • “Nietzsche on Freedom and Free Will.” Keynote address at the 7th Annual Summer School on German Philosophy, University of Bonn, Germany.
August
  • [topic TBA]. Workshop on “Evidence, Disagreement, and Rights,” Department of Philosophy, Uppsala University, Sweden.
  • [topic TBA]. Keynote address to the Philosophy of Law Section, Swedish Congress of Philosophy, Uppsala University, Sweden.
September
  • “Justifying Academic Freedom: Mill and Marcuse Revisited.” Brooklyn Law School, New York.
October
  • [topic TBA]. Department of Philosophy, St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin.
  • “Realism and Moralism in Political Thought.” Paolo Bozzi Prize Address for the conference on “Post-Truth, New Realism, Democracy,” University of Turin, Italy.
  • “Langdell, Wissenschaft, Realism.” Law School, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (as part of the HLS Bicentennial celebration).
November
  • Panelist, “What is academic freedom?” University of Colorado, Boulder.
  • [topic TBA]. Department of Philosophy, University of Colorado, Boulder.
March
  • [topic TBA]. 3rd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Nietzsche Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK.
  • [topic TBA]. Centre for Law & Philosophy, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.
[more to be scheduled]

2016-2017

September
  • A workshop on Nietzsche, morality, and theism sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY.
  • “Knowledge and Affect: Perspectivism Revisited.” Conference on the History of Relativism, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Austria.
October
  • “The Roles of Judges in Democracies: A Realistic View.” Keynote address at the conference on “The Role of Judges in a Democracy,” University of Belgrade, Serbia.
  • “Why Tolerate Religion?” Center for Constitutionalism, Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade, Serbia.
  • “Law and Morality: the Differences.” Seminar Group in Jurisprudence, Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, Serbia.
November
  • Invited discussant, conference on “A Naturalistic Jurisprudence: the Next Step?” Osgoode Hall School of Law, York University, Toronto, Canada.
February
  • “The Roles of Judges in Democracies: A Realistic View.” College of Law, Syracuse University, New York.
March
  • Organizer & participant, 2nd annual meeting of the International Society for Nietzsche Studies, University of Chicago, Illinois.
  • “Justifying Academic Freedom: Mill and Marcuse Revisited.” Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University, Israel.
  • “Justifying Academic Freedom: Mill and Marcuse Revisited.” Faculty of Law, Haifa University, Israel.
  • “The Innocence of Becoming: Nietzsche Against Guilt.” Department of Philosophy, Haifa University, Israel.
  • “The Death of God and the Death of Morality.” Department of Philosophy, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.
  • “Theoretical Disagreements in Law: Another Look.” Law & Philosophy Colloqium, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.
April
  • “Theoretical Disgreements in Law: Another Look.” Roundtable on “Theoretical Disagreements,” Law School, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.
  • “The Roles of Judges in Democracies: A Realistic View.” College of Law, University of Iowa, Iowa City.
  • “The Case Against Free Speech.” Seminar with the Department of Philosophy, University of Iowa, Iowa City.
  • “Justifying Academic Freedom: Mill and Marcuse Revisited.” Inaugural Schaffer Lecture, Department of Philosophy, University of Iowa, Iowa City.
May
  • Organizer and participant, Workshop on “Strangers to Ourselves: German Philosophy and Cognitive Science,” Center for Law, Philosophy & Human Values, University of Chicago, Illinois.

2015-2016

September
  • “The Death of God and the Death of Morality.” Conference in honor of Maudemarie Clark, Department of Philosophy, Colgate University, Hamilton, N.Y.
October
  • “Nietzsche: Naturalism, Perspectivism, Asceticism.” Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Austria.
  • “Marx: Ideology, Morality, Science.” Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Austria.
  • “Why Legal Positivism?” Department of Legal Theory, Jagellonian University, Krakow, Poland.
  • “The Innocence of Becoming.” Nietzsche Workshp, Department of Philosophy, Birkbeck College, University of London, U.K.
  • “The Death of God and the Death of Morality.” Post-Kantian Seminar, Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University, UK.
  • "The Innocence of Becoming." Department of Philosophy, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
November
  • "Why Tolerate Religion?" Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University & College of Law, Georgia State University, Atlanta.
  • “The Death of God and the Death of Morality.” Department of Philosophy, Georgia State University, Atlanta.
December
  • "Why Tolerate Religion?” Secular Student Alliance, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.
  • "The Death of God and the Death of Morality.” Department of Philosophy, Northern Illiinois University, DeKalb.
January
  • Comments on Emden’s Nietzsche’s Naturalism. North American Nietzsche Society, Annual Meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association, Washington, DC, January 2016.
February
  • “The Death of God and the Death of Morality.” Workshop on Law, Philosophy & Political Theory, Law School, Department of Philosophy & Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley.
March
  • “The Methodology of Legal Philosophy.” Faculty of Law, University of Catanzaro, Italy.
  • “Religious Liberty and Religious Toleration.” Faculty of Law, University of Catanzaro, Italy.
April
  • “The Case Against Free Speech.” School of Law, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon.
  • “Why Tolerate Religion?” Public Lecture, Drury University, Springfield, MO (also sponsored by the Departments of Philosophy at Evangel and Missouri State Universities).
May
  • “Theoretical Disagreement in Law: Another Look.” KCL/NUS/Chicago Conference on Moral, Political & Legal Philosophy, Law School, University of Chicago, Illinois.
June
  • Organizer and participant, 1st Annual Meeting of the International Society for Nietzsche Studies, University of Bonn, Germany.
  • “The Epistemology of the Hermeneutics of Suspicion.” Keynote Address for the Summer School on the Hermeneutics of Suspicion, University of Bonn, Germany.

2014-2015

September
  • “Resolved: The Religious Freedom Restoration Act Should Be Repealed.” Yale Political Union, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
  • “Why Tolerate Religion?” A discussion with Prof. David Skeel (Penn). Veritas Forum, School of Law, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois.
  • “Marx, Law, Ideology, Legal Positivism.” Conference on “Jurisprudence and History.” School of Law, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
October
  • “Why Legal Positivism?” and “The Methodology of Legal Philosophy.” Fresco Lectures, Faculty of Law, University of Genoa, Italy.
  • “Why Legal Positivism?” and discussion of Why Tolerate Religion? European University Institute, Florence, Italy.
  • “The Case Against Free Speech.” Human Rights Program, University of Palermo, Italy.
November
  • “The Paradoxes of Public Philosophy.” Keynote address at conference on “Philosophy in the Public Sphere,” O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana (NCR of Dehli), India.
January
  • “Constitutional Law, Moral Judgment, and the Supreme Court as Super-Legislature.” Mathew O. Trobiner Memorial Lecture on Constitutional Law, Hastings College of Law, University of California, San Francisco.
  • “The Case Against Free Speech.” School of Law, University of Miami, Florida.
  • “Normativity for Naturalists.” Department of Philosophy, University of Miami, Florida.
February
  • “Normativity for Naturalists.” Department of Philosophy, University of California, Riverside.
  • “The Truth is Terrible.” Department of Philosophy, Pomona College, Claremont, CA.
June
  • “Theoretical Disagreements in Law: Another Look.” Keynote Address, conference on “Deep Disagreements: Legal and Philosophical Perspectives.” Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

2013-2014

August
  • “The Case Against Free Speech.” Julius Stone Address in Jurisprudence, Law School, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • “Why Legal Positivism (Again)?” Keynote Address, Annual Meeting of the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy, Sydney, Australia.
  • “The Innocence of Becoming.” Department of Philosophy, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • “Is Religion Special? Toleration, Conscience and Exemptions from the Law.” Taylor Lecture, Department of Philosophy, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
September
  • “The Truth is Terrible.” Department of Philosophy, Washington University, St. Louis, MO.
  • “Nietzsche Against the Philosophical Canon.” Department of Philosophy, University of Missouri, St. Louis.
  • Comments on Larry Sager. Conference on the Role of Religious Institutions in a Democracy, Center for Church-State Studies, College of Law, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, September 2013.
October
  • "Is Religion Special? Toleration, Conscience and Exemptions from the Law." School of Law, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.
  • “Why Tolerate Religion?” Center for Inquiry, Los Angeles, CA.
November
  • “The Truth is Terrible.” Hansford M. Epes Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities, Davidson College, North Carolina.
January
  • “Is Religion Special? Toleration, Conscience and Exemptions from the Law.” College of Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago.
February
  • “Is Religion Special? Toleration, Conscience and Exemptions from the Law.” Isaac Backus Lecture on American Freedoms, La Sierra University, Riverside, CA.
  • “Nietzsche Against the Philosophical Canon.” Department of Philosophy, University of California, Riverside.
  • “Marx, Law, Ideology, Legal Positivism.” Section on Law & Philosophy, Annual Meeting, Central Division of the American Philosophical Association, Chicago, IL.
March
  • “The Truth is Terrible.” Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto, Canada.
April
  • Reply to Corey Brettschneider and Frederick Schauer. “Author Meets Critics on Why Tolerate Religion?” Annual Meeting, Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association, San Diego, CA.
May
  • “On the Esoteric Reading of Nietzsche.” Conference on “Nietzsche, Value and Self-Constitution,” Oxford University, UK.

2012-2013

September
  • “Moral Skepticism and Moral Disagreement in Nietzsche,” 9th Annual Metaethics Workshop, Department of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
October
  • “Moralities are a Sign-Language of the Affects.” BU Workshop on Late Modern Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Boston University, MA.
  • “Moral Skepticism and Moral Disagreement in Nietzsche.” Practical Philosophy Workshop, Department of Philosophy, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
November
  • “The Truth is Terrible.” Conference on “Nietzsche on Morality and the Affirmation of Life.” St. Peter’s College, Oxford University, UK.
  • “The Truth is Terrible.” Department of Philosophy, University College Dublin, Ireland.
  • Workshop on "Why Tolerate Religion?" Department of Philosophy, University College Dublin, Ireland.
  • “Legal Realisms, Old and New.” Seegers Lecture in Jurisprudence, Law School, Valparaiso University, IN.
December
  • “The Methodology of Legal Philosophy.” Law & Philosophy Workshop, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
  • “Why Tolerate Religion?” Department of Philosophy, Nassau Community College, Garden City, N.Y..
  • “Why Tolerate Religion?” Carnegie Council, New York, N.Y..
January
  • “Moralities are a Sign-Language of the Affects.” Conference on “New Essays in Moral Philosophy.” Social Philosophy & Policy Center and Arizona Freedom Center, Tucson, AZ.
February
  • “Moralities are a Sign-Language of the Affects.” Invited session on Nietzsche, Annual Meeting of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association, New Orleans, LA.
March
  • “Nietzsche against the Philosophical Canon.” Keynote Address, Annual Meeting of the Danish Philosophical Association, University of Southern Denmark, Odense.
  • "In Praise of Realism.” Faculty of Law, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • “The Methodology of Legal Philosophy.” Faculty of Law, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • “Legal Realisms, Old and New,” Faculty of Law, Pontifical Catholilc University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
April
  • “The Methodology of Legal Philosophy." College of Law, Florida State University, Talahassee.
  • Seminar on "Why Tolerate Religion?" Department of Philosophy, Florida State University, Talahassee.
  • “Nietzsche’s Naturalism Reconsidered.” Conference on “Nietzsche’s Naturalism Reconsidered,” Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J. (organized by Helmut Heit).
  • Conference on "Why Tolerate Religion?" Center for Inquiry, Washington, D.C.
June
  • “The Innocence of Becoming.” Conference on “Mind, Agency and Responsibility: Empirical and Non-Empirical Perspectives.” Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values and Center for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp, Belgium.

2011-2012

July
  • Keynote Address, “Why Tolerate Religion?” Summer Workshop on Law, Religion & Culture, University of Colorado, Boulder.
August
  • [topic TBA]. Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University, State College.
  • Discussant at a conference on The Ofensive Internet, Center for Ethics and Technology, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.
September
  • “The Boundaries of the Moral (and Legal) Community.” Meador Lecture, School of Law, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
October
  • "Moral Skepticism and Moral Disagreement in Nietzsche." Department of Philosophy, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
  • "Why Tolerate Religion?" School of Law, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
  • Conference on Leiter’s book manuscript Why Tolerate Religion? Faculty of Law, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy.
  • "Moral Skepticism and Moral Disagreement in Nietzsche." Moral Sciences Club, Cambridge University, U.K.
February
  • Discussant, special session on academic rankings, Annual Meeting, Central Division of the American Philosophical Association, Chicago, IL.
March
  • “Moralities are a sign-language of the affects’”. Bernd Magnus Lecture, Department of Philosophy, University of California, Riverside.
  • “Why Tolerate Religion?” Faculty of Law, King Juan Carlos III University, Madrid.
  • "Moralities are a Sign-Language of the Affects." Project on Nietzsche and the Self, Department of Philosophy, New University of Lisbon, Portugal.
April
  • “The Demarcation Problem in Jurisprudence: A New Case for Skepticism.” Law & Philosophy Workshop, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • “Moral Skepticism and Moral Disagreement in Niezsche,” Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • "The Truth is Terrible." Conference on “Nietzsche and Community,” Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
May
  • Commentator and discussant on Stefan Sciaraffa’s book manscuript on legal philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Arizona, Tucson.
  • “Legal Realisms, Old and New.” Conference on "New Frontiers of Legal Realism." Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

2010-2011

September
  • “Legal Formalism and Legal Realism: What is the Issue?” School of Law, University of California, Irvine.
  • "The Radicalism of Legal Positivism.” Mary Oliver Woods Lecture, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, Western Illinois University, Macomb.
October
  • Chapters 1-3 of "Why Tolerate Religion?" Legal Theory Workshop, Columbia University, New York.
  • Chapters 1-3 of "Why Tolerate Religion?" Law School, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
February
  • "Moral Skepticism and Moral Disagreement in Nietzsche.” Department of Philosophy, Graduate Center, City University of New York.
  • “The Law of Religious Liberty in a Tolerant Society.” School of Law, Fordham University, New York.
March
  • “The Circumstances of Civility.” NEH conference on “Civility and American Demoracy,” Washington State University, Spokane.
  • Workshop on “Metaethics and Legal Judgment.” Institute for Law and Philosophy, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • “The Law of Religious Liberty in a Tolerant Society.” Leon Green ’15 Lecture in Jurisprudence, School of Law, University of Texas at Austin.
May
  • Keynote Address: “The Demarcation Problem in Jurisprudence,” Conference on the Nature of Law, Department of Philosophy, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
June
  • “The Law of Religious Liberty in a Tolerant Society.” Law and Religion Roundtable, School of Law, Northwestern University, Chicago.