[SydPhil] JSI Seminar: Anthony Connolly (24 October)

Kevin Walton kevin.walton at sydney.edu.au
Tue Oct 8 11:53:39 AEDT 2013

Dear all

The next JSI Seminar will take place at 6pm on Thursday 24 October. Anthony Connolly from the ANU will deliver a paper entitled "Naturalised Jurisprudence as an Experimental Philosophy of Law". See below for further information. If you would like to attend, please register here<http://sydney.edu.au/news/law/457.html?eventcategoryid=40&eventid=10452>.

If you would like to join us for dinner after the seminar, please let me know as soon as possible.

Forthcoming seminars: Mark Bennett (31 October); Ruth Higgins (21 November).


Naturalised Jurisprudence as an Experimental Philosophy of Law

In a number of his recent forays into the methodology debate in legal philosophy, Brian Leiter has claimed that the methods of the emerging field of experimental philosophy may have a significant role to play in any future naturalised jurisprudence. In this paper, Anthony Connolly sets out to explore this claim. It turns out that doing so implicates a series of broader questions about the nature and goals of a naturalised philosophy of law, the place within such a philosophy of a concept of law, and the role of philosophy itself within the naturalistic scheme of things.

Dr Anthony J. Connolly is an Associate Professor at the Law School of the Australian National University, specialising in legal philosophy, indigenous rights law, and public law. He completed his BA.LLB (Hons) at the University of Western Australia, after which he practiced law for a number of years, predominantly as a human rights lawyer working with indigenous people. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy, supervised by Professors Philip Pettit (Princeton) and Robert Goodin (ANU), and a Masters degree in education. He is the author of Cultural Difference on Trial: The Nature and Limits of Judicial Understanding (Ashgate Publishing (UK): 2010) and the editor of Indigenous Rights (Ashgate Publishing (UK): 2009). He has also published a number of book chapters and journal articles on legal philosophy and indigenous rights.


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