The American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy was established in 1955 to further the study of different aspects of political and legal philosophy. The society meets annually to discuss one particular topic and the results of the discussions are published in their yearbook, Nomos. This website contains information about their latest annual meeting, and information about the volumes of Nomos published since 1958. Themes explored in these meetings and Nomos include: liberty; community; equality; the limits of law; political and legal obligation; coercion; voluntary association; due process; human rights; virtue; global justice; political order; integrity and conscience; anarchism; constitutionalism; liberal democracy; and Marxism. An index of contributors and details about membership can also be found on the site.
The American Philosophical Association (APA) Newsletter Web page offers online versions of several newsletters published by the organisation. Titles of regular newsletters (typically published twice a year) include: Philosophy and Computers; Feminism and Philosophy; Philosophy and the Law; Philosophy and Medicine; and Teaching Philosophy. Other topics are covered on a more intermittent basis, including a number of publications devoted to the experience of members of a range of ethnic groups (for example: Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies; The Black Experience; and Hispanic/Latino Issues). Each newsletter offers a collection of articles, and may also include book reviews and other material. The archive covers the period from 1995 to the present. The more recent editions are available in both HTML and PDF versions; the older ones are in HTML only.
This website outlines the aims of an AHRC-funded research project into ways that the ethical education of lawyers can be extended and enhanced in non-textual ways. Departing from the traditional text-based confines of legal practice and education, the project will organise workshops led by dance artist Keren Ben-Dor and visual artist Alicja Rogalska, which will involve participants producing art and movement “to create a space where the ethical imagination can be inculcated”. Planned project outputs include a website drawn from the workshops, a book and policy recommendations, and the website includes biographies of collaborators and a select bibliography.
The Brooks Blog is the work of Thom Brooks, Reader in Political and Legal Philosophy at the University of Newcastle. The blog is regularly updated, and posts include reflections on political news stories, links to online material that may be of interest to legal and political philosophers, details of job vacancies, and discussion of various higher education issues. The right hand side bar also offers useful lists of links to other blogs that may be of interest, to the home pages of philosophy journals, and to the websites of philosophers with research interests similar to Brooks's. A useful resource for those working in this area.
The Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) is a collaborative effort between the Australian National University; Charles Sturt University and the University of Melbourne. It receives funding from the Australian Research Council and is directed by Professor Tom Campbell. The centre's work is organised into six main research areas: Business and Professional Ethics; Criminal Justice Ethics; Ethical Issues in Biotechnology; Ethical Issues in Political Violence and State Sovereignty; IT and Nanotechnology: Ethics of Emergent Technology; and Welfare Ethics. This homepage informs visitors about the work which the centre carries out in each of these areas. There are also details about the centre's publications; recent events; and a selection of media articles and comments. Visitors are able to access audio and video recordings of events like conferences and public lectures; and the centre's annual reports. Links are provided to relevant websites.
This is the website of CentreLGS, an AHRC-funded interdisciplinary research centre bringing together academics from the Universities of Keele, Kent and Westminster, to study gender and sexuality, and its relationship with law, governance and normativity. The centre aims to bridge the humanities and social sciences including work focussing on: equality; healthcare and bioethics; law and culture; governance and regulation. As well as more detailed information on the Centre’s research and members the website also describes the Centre’s programme of activities including conferences, seminars, a visiting academic scheme and doctoral training.
CuLT (Current Legal Theory) is an online database that offers an extensive bibliography of books, articles and anthologies in the fields of jurisprudence (philosophy of law) and legal theory. Edited by CIRSFID (a centre for research into the history, philosophy, and sociology of law based at Bologna University), the database holds more than 19,000 records and covers works written in many languages. Where needed, an English translation of the title is generally given. Abstracts are also provided where possible, and searches can be conducted by individual fields such as title, author, publication year or keywords. Readers are invited to suggest resources for inclusion in the database through an online form.
The American Philosophical Association (APA) Diversity Syllabi Project Web page offers a collection of sample syllabi for philosophy courses focusing on various aspects of the theme of diversity. Specific topics include: African American Philosophy; American Indian Philosophy; Asian Philosophy; Feminist Philosophy; Philosophical Perspectives on Disability Studies; Race and Multiculturalism; Peace and Social Justice/Philosophy of Law; and Gay and Lesbian Philosophy. Much of the material is hosted on site, but there are also a few links to external sources (some of which, unfortunately, are broken). The APA hopes that this site will encourage other instructors to develop courses of their own in these various fields, or to incorporate elements from these topics into more general philosophy courses.
ETHICS ETC is an online discussion forum for those interested in contemporary philosophical issues in areas such as normative ethics; metaethics; moral epistemology; moral psychology, applied ethics; social and political philosophy; and law. It was founded in May 2007 by Dr Matthew Liao of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oxford. This website, which is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence, allows access to all discussions posted on the forum since its inception. It also contains opinion polls; information about books recently published; and links to other philosophy blogs, the homepages of relevant journals and online philosophy resources. Articles can also be accessed from the hyperlinks provided to the homepages of contributors. A search engine is available.
This website about Hugo Grotius (1583-1645) consists of a biography and links to primary and secondary resources. Grotius was a lawyer, historian, and political philosopher. He has been described as 'the founding father of international law', and is best known for his treatise 'The Law of War and Peace' ('De Jure Belli ac Pacis'). The website links to a full-text English version of this work, in the form of a PDF file. There is also a short bibliography of Grotius's key publications. The links to secondary essays are useful, and include a number of essays on the relevance of Grotius today.
This is the homepage of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR) which was established in 1909 to cultivate and promote legal and social philosophy in Germany and around the world. It now has a large number of autonomously-functioning national branches. This website makes available the organisation's constitution and procedural rules, and copies of their newsletter since June 1996. Also offered is information about their past and upcoming bi-annual conferences; links to the home pages of the various IVR branches; and details of how to join the association. Visitors can also access the IVR Encyclopaedia of Jurisprudence, Legal Theory and Philosophy of Law.
"Jeremy's Labyrinth" is an academic website, for the purpose of making Jeremy Bentham's key political philosophies available for analysis and study. Texts include: "Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation", "The Rationale of Punishment", "Pannomial Fragments", "Principles of the Civil Code", and several others. Each text is introduced with an indication of the original printed source. Along with the texts given, a series of lectures by Stephen Darwell, professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan, are provided, which analyse the ethics Bentham discussed in his "Introduction to the Principle of Morals and Legislation". The first lecture discusses the Introduction in terms of consequential and deontological argument. The second lecture focuses on the principle of utility according to Bentham, upon which legislative acts should be passed on the condition of utility for those they effect. The third lecture continues this line of discussion. There are also links to further websites dealing with Bentham's writings and philosophy. This resource is part of the Classical Utilitarian Web Site.
This is the personal homepage of the renowned moral, legal and political philosopher Joseph Raz (b.1939). Author of well-known books like The Morality of Freedom (1986), Ethics in the Public Domain (1995), and Practical Reason and Norms, Raz is currently a professor of Law at Columbia University. This website contains his curriculum vitae (CV); an annotated bibliography of his books; and a list of his other publications. Significantly, it provides access to recent articles written by him, both published and unpublished. These, which are presented in PDF, include articles like 'The Problem of Authority'; 'About Morality and the Nature of Law'; 'The Role of Well-Being'; and 'The Myth of Instrumental Rationality'. The site also provides links to the homepages of organisations which Raz is affiliated with.
This homepage of the Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy (JESP) (ISSN:1559-3061) is maintained by the School of Law at the University of Southern California (USC). Edited by Andrei Marmor, James Dreier, Julia Driver and David Estlund, this electronic peer-reviewed journal publishes short discussion notes and articles on moral, political and legal philosophy. The site allows the public to access without charge all materials featured in the journal since the first volume was published in 2005. These are presented in PDF and would require Adobe Acrobat Reader for access. Items can be searched chronologically, or by title, keyword or authors' name. Works published to date include: The Myth of Instrumental Rationality; Egalitarian Justice and Innocent Choice; Welfare, Achievement and Self-Sacrifice; and Hume's Internalism Reconsidered. The homepage also contains the journal's editorial policy and instructions for authors.
This is the website of the Legal Scholarship Network (LSN), an organisation that aims to facilitate the distribution of scholarly information related to many areas of law, including jurisprudence and legal philosophy. The LSN publishes a series of electronic journals, all of which are available here (abstracts only). Among the online journal titles featured on the network are: Boston University Law and Economics; Administrative Law; and Asian and Australian Law. Subscription to the network is free, although a fee is payable for some of the services offered. Users can search for abstracts which can then be downloaded as partial text documents. There is also access to working papers and accepted, but not yet published, articles. In addition, the site contains information for contributors, and authors can submit their abstracts and papers online. Users can also subscribe to the journals that are available on the network, or take out a free trial subscription.
This website describes an AHRC-funded network aiming to pull together a community of legal and other experts, scholars, practitioners and institutions investigating institutional governance related to bodies including: companies; NGOs; public services; international organisations. The network will run four workshops; the first three being: Ocean and River Basin Governance; International Companies and Developing States; The State and the delivery of ‘public’ services. The final workshop will offer an overview.
Philosophy Compass (ISSN 1747-9991) is an online scholarly journal which publishes original peer-reviewed surveys of research and other significant works from across the discipline. It fills a gap left by existing guides within the subject by focussing on the most up-to-date development in philosophy. The materials are organised according to Authors' names as well as the following themes: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art; Continental; Epistemology; Ethics; History of Philosophy; Legal and Political; Logic and Language; Metaphysics; Mind and Cognitive Science; Naturalistic Philosophy; Philosophy of Science; and Philosophy of Religion. While this is a subscription-based journal, free trials are available from this site, together with sample articles and abstracts of all materials published. The site also provides information about its editorial board and on how to subscribe to the journal. This resource is published by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing under the general editorship of Brian Weatherson of Cornell University.
This is the website for 'Ratio Juris: An International Journal of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law' (ISSN: 1467-9337). It provides submission guidelines for authors; subscription/renewal details; tables of contents and abstracts for all articles published since 1988; and access to a free sample issue. Papers published include the following: 'Means and capabilities in the discussion of distributive justice'; 'Rights and the sovereignty of the people in the crisis of the nation state'; 'Human rights and the limits of constitutional theory'; 'Equality before the law and precedent'; and 'Essentialism, conventionalism and primacy'. The journal is published quarterly by Wiley Blackwell in conjunction with the University of Bologna. It is edited by Carla Faralli.
This website concentrates on works by and on the renowned philosopher Roberto Mangabeira Unger. These include: excerpts from and reviews of his books; the full-text of articles by and on Unger; his writings on themes like world politics, architecture and city planning; and a bibliography of his books written in English, Spanish and Portuguese. The site also contains biographical articles; links to relevant websites; and a guestbook. This resource is maintained by James DeRossitt of the University of Texas at Austin.
This is the website of the Social Philosophy and Policy Center (SPPC) based at Bowling Green State University, USA. Established in 1981, the centre studies public policy issues from a philosophical perspective. In so doing, it uses insights from other disciplines like economics, jurisprudence and political science. The site informs visitors of upcoming events (e.g. colloquia; lectures and conferences) and of works recently published by its staff, fellows and visiting scholars. It also connects them to Social Philosophy and Policy, the centre's journal which is published twice a year by Cambridge University Press. Each volume is based on a specific theme (e.g. bioethics; human rights; ethics and economics; philosophy and law; virtue and vice; responsibility; the welfare state; autonomy; and moral epistemology). Visitors can view all themes explored since 1983 from that homepage.
This is the official website for the Society for Applied Philosophy, a British organisation founded in 1975, and a forerunner in promoting rigorous philosophical work with a strong practical and social relevance. The society publishes the Journal of Applied Philosophy since 1984, the contents of which can be viewed from here. Access to full content is nevertheless restricted and is available only to subscribers. The Society organises lectures, workshops, and an annual conference. Information on current and forthcoming activities can be found on the site, along with an archive of previous events. The society invites proposals for future workshops. Membership of the Society is open to all interested parties, and instructions on how to join are given. This site is of interest both to students and teachers of philosophy working in areas of practical concern, such as applied ethics, science, law, education, politics, and medicine. It is also of interest to practitioners or students of those professions seeking informed but accessible debate about important or controversial issues within their field.
Studies in the History of Ethics (SHE) is a web-based peer-reviewed journal which publishes articles and book reviews in the following areas: ethical theory/normative ethics; metaethics; applied ethics; moral psychology; social and political philosophy; and legal philosophy. This website provides: an electronic subscription form; details of their submission guidelines and editorial board; and a search engine. Viewers can gain access to all materials published since June 2005 without charge. There does not, however, appear to be a consistent pattern as to how regularly these are published every year. Titles featured include: 'Kants History of Ethics'; 'Kant and Aristotle on the Difficulty of Moral Knowledge'; 'Reevaluating the Historical Evolution of Double-Effect: Anscombe, Aquinas, and The Principle of Side-Effects'; and 'The Morality of On Liberty'. An interesting resource for Philosophy students.