BRIAN LEITER
Brian Leiter
Photo by Steve Pyke, 2010
 

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. He teaches and writes primarily in the areas of moral, political, and legal philosophy, in both Anglophone and Continental traditions.

NEW:
CBC Radio Program on Nietzsche
"Why Tolerate Religion?", Carnegie Council on Ethics and Public Affairs, December 2012
Interview with 3AM magazine
Interview about Nietzsche at The Browser

 

Recent and Upcoming talks

2015-16

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.

November

  • [topic TBA]. Department of Philosophy and College of Law, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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.

March

  • [topic TBA]. Faculty of Law, University of Cantanzaro, Italy.

April

  • [topic TBA]. School of Law, Wilamette University, Salem, Oregon.

May

  • [topic TBA]. 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.

2014-15

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  • “Resolved: The Religious Freedom Restoration Act Should Be Repealed.”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.

2013-14

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, May 2014.

2012-13

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., April 2013.

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.

2011-12

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.

2010-11

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.