UCL Faculty of Laws


In-Person | Non-domination, Arbitrariness and Discretion

16 May 2023, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

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This event is organised by the Institute for Laws, Politics and Philosophy (ILPP)

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UCL Laws


UCL Faculty of Laws (Moot Court)
Bentham House
4-8 Endsleigh Gardens

Please note that the time allocated for this colloquia will be devoted to discussion of the paper.

Speaker: Professor Arthur Ripstein (University of Toronto)

About the Paper: In this paper I argue that the fundamental question of political philosophy is not about who gets what, but rather who gets to answer which question. I distinguish between two ways of thinking about questions of who gets to decide, one focused on whether a person is in a position to get a correct answer, and the other focused on the requirements of the idea of freedom. I defend the latter, freedom-based account.

About the Speaker: Arthur Ripstein is Professor of Law and Philosophy and University Professor. He was appointed to the Department of Philosophy in 1987, promoted to Full Professor in 1996, appointed to the Faculty of Law in 1999, and appointed to the rank of University Professor in 2016. He was awarded the Killam prize in humanities in 2021. He served as Chair of the Department of Philosophy 2011-14 and as Acting Chair 2018-19. He received a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in law from Yale, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba.

About the Institute: The Institute brings together political and legal theorists from Law, Political Science and Philosophy and organises regular colloquia in terms 2 and 3. Read more about the Institute's work.

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