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Barbara Levenbook

Professor Emerita

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Withers Hall NA

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Research Publications

Articles in Professional Journals

“A Puzzle about Legal Systems and Democratic Theory,” Jurisprudence (2020)

“Dworkin’s Theoretical Disagreement Argument,” Philosophy Compass 10 (15 Jan. 2015): 1-9.

“How a Statute Applies,” Legal Theory 12 (2006): 71-112.

“The Meaning of a Precedent,” Legal Theory 6 (2000): 185-240.

“Are There Any Positive Rights?” Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie 42 (1990): 156-66.

“Responsibility and the Normative Order Assumption,” Law and Contemporary Problems 49 (1986): 81-8.

“Harming the Dead, Once Again,” Ethics 96 (1985): 162-164.

Contributions to Books and Encyclopedias

“Commentary on Canale” (title subject to editor’s change) in Michael Green, Luka Burazin and Giorgia Pino, eds., Jurisprudence in the Mirror: The Civil Law World Meets the Common Law World (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

“The Relevance of Literary Interpretation,” in Thomas Bustamante and Margaret Martin, eds. New Essays on the Fish-Dworkin Debate (Hart Publishing, forthcoming)

“Supplanting Defeasible Rules,” in Sebastian Lewis, Timothy Endicott, and Hafsteinn Kristjansson, eds. Philosophical Foundations of Precedent (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

“The Law of the Street,” in Mark McBride and James Penner, eds., New Essays on the Nature of Legal Reasoning (Hart, 2022): 23-44.

“Mark Greenberg on Legal Positivism,” in Torben Spaak and Patricia Mindus (eds) The Cambridge Companion to Legal Positivism (Cambridge University Press, 2020) pp. 742-763.

“A Puzzle About Legal Systems and Democratic Theory,” in Thomas Bustamante, Katya Kozicki, et al., eds., Equality, Practical Reason, and the Rule of Law, Institutional Publication of the Programas de Pós-Graduação em Direito of the Federal University of Minas Gerais and the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil (forthcoming)

“Postema’s Account of Integrity” in Thomas Bustamante and Thiago Lopes Decat (eds), Philosophy of Law as an Integral Part of Philosophy: Essays on the Jurisprudence of Gerald J. Postema (Hart, 2020, forthcoming) pp. 47-79.

Does Dignity Help in Thinking about Paternalism?” in Salman Khurshid, Veronica Rodriguez-Blanco, and Lokendra Malik, eds., Dignity in the Legal and Political Philosophy of Ronald Dworkin (Oxford University Press, 2018) Ch. 9, pp. 221-244.

“Soames, Legislative Intent, and the Meaning of a Statute,” in Graham Hubbs and Douglas Lind, eds., Pragmatism, Law, and Language, Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy (Routledge, 2014) vol. 11, pp. 40-55.

“How to Hold the Social Fact Thesis – a Reply to Greenberg and Toh,” in Leslie Green and Brian Leiter, eds., Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Law (Oxford University Press, 2013) vol. 2, pp. 75-102.

“Welfare and Harm After Death,” in James Taylor, ed., The Metaphysics and Ethics of Death: New Essays (Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 188-209.

“The Retroactivity Problem,” in Time and Identity (Topics in Contemporary Philosophy, vol. 6), ed. O’Rourke, Campbell and Silverstein (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010), pp. 297-308.

“Disposition of Remains,” in Philosophy of Law: An Encyclopedia, ed. Christopher Gray, vol. 1 (New York: Garland Publishing, 1999), pp. 216-19.


Ph.D. Philosophy of Law University of Arizona 1977

Area(s) of Expertise

Philosophy of law, ethics, social and political philosophy.