Arthur Ripstein

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BA (Manitoba); PhD (Pittsburgh); M.S.L. (Yale Law School)


Arthur Ripstein is a professor of law and of philosophy at the University of Toronto. He was appointed to the Department of Philosophy in 1987, promoted to full professor in 1996, and appointed to the Faculty of Law in 1999. He was Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at Princeton in 1995-96, and held a Connaught fellowship in the spring term of 2000. He received a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, a degree in law from Yale, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba.


Professor Ripstein’s research and teaching interests include torts, criminal law, legal theory, and political philosophy. In addition to numerous articles in legal theory and political philosophy, he is the author of Force and Freedom: Kant’s Legal and Political Philosophy (Harvard 2009) and Equality, Responsibility and the Law (1999). He is editor of Ronald Dworkin (Cambridge 2007) and co-editor of Law and Morality (1996, second edition 2001, third edition 2007), and Practical Rationality and Preference (2001). He is currently writing a book on Kant’s legal and political Philosophy. He is an Associate Editor of Philosophy and Public Affairs, a former Editor of Ethics, serves on the editorial board of Legal Theory, and is Advisory Editor of the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence. His popular work has appeared on Ideas on CBC Radio.


Click here for Arthur Ripstein’s curriculum vitae and visit his Faculty of Law website for more information.


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See here for a list of Prof. Ripstein’s publications.

Some of Prof. Ripstein’s publications are available on his SSRN page.