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Philosophy & Law Faculty

  • Anita L. Allen, Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy

    Anita L. Allen is an expert on privacy law, bioethics, and contemporary values, and is recognized for her scholarship about legal philosophy, women’s rights, and race relations.

  • William Ewald, Professor of Law and Philosophy

    William Ewald is an internationally recognized scholar in legal philosophy and comparative law. He is the author of an often-cited article in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review on the philosophical foundations of comparative law, “What Was it Like to Try a Rat?”

  • Claire Finkelstein, Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy

    Claire Finkelstein writes at the intersection of philosophy and law. She has published extensively in the areas of criminal law theory, moral and political philosophy, philosophy of law, and rational choice theory, and has recently begun writing on the law of war and war crimes.   

    Howard Lesnick
    , Jefferson B. Fordham Professor of Law

    Howard Lesnick has written widely on  on ethical responsibility in law, religion and morality, and moral education.  In Listening for God: Religion and Moral Discernment, he asks where moral imperatives come from, and how the answers found in religion and in law affect one another. 


    Leo Katz, Frank Carano Professor of Law

    Leo Katz’s work focuses on criminal law and legal theory more generally. By connecting criminal law, moral philosophy and the theory of social choice, he tries to shed light on some of the most basic building block notions of the law—coercion, deception, consent, and the use and abuse of legal stratagems, among others.


    Stephen J. Morse, Fedindand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law

    Stephen J. Morse is an expert in criminal and mental health law whose work emphasizes individual responsibility in criminal and civil law. He was Co-Director of the MacArthur Foundation’s Law and Neuroscience Project, and he co-directed the Project’s Research Network on Criminal Responsibility and Prediction.


  • Stephen R. Perry, John J. O’Brien Professor of Law & Professor of Philosophy

    Stephen Perry, a prominent legal philosopher and legal theorist, has published numerous well regarded articles on jurisprudence, political philosophy, and theoretical aspects of the law of torts.