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Barbara Levenbook

Professor Emerita

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies


Research Publications

Articles in Professional Journals

“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

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.