Arthur Ripstein

Professor of Law and Philosophy, and University Professor
University of Toronto


Rules for Wrongdoers

Arthur Ripstein
Arthur Ripstein

Lecture I: Rules for Wrongdoers
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
4:10 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Toll Room, Alumni House
with commentary by Christopher Kutz

Lecture II: Combatants and Civilians
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
4:10 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Toll Room, Alumni House
with commentary by Oona Hathaway and Jeff McMahan

Seminar and Discussion with the commentators
Thursday, April 11, 2019
4:10 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Toll Room, Alumni House
with commentary by Christopher Kutz, Oona Hathaway, and Jeff McMahan

The lectures and the seminar are free and open to the public. No tickets are required


About Arthur Ripstein

Arthur Ripstein is Professor of Law and Philosophy and University Professor at the University of Toronto, where he has taught since 1987.  He teaches and writes about legal and political philosophy and torts. Ripstein has been at the forefront of renewed interest in Immanuel Kant’s legal and political philosophy. He is the author of Private Wrongs (2016), Force and Freedom: Kant’s Legal and Political Philosophy (2009), and Equality, Responsibility and the Law (1999). He is currently writing a book on Kant’s account of the law and morality of war, for which he was awarded a Killam Fellowship from the Canada Council for the Arts. He has been an Associate Editor of Philosophy and Public Affairs since 2005, and was formerly an Associate Editor of Ethics and the Canadian Journal of Philosophy.  Ripstein’s popular work has appeared on Ideas on CBC Radio One.  He received a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in law from Yale, and an undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Manitoba.


About the Lectures

In his lectures, Arthur Ripstein will argue that the very thing that makes war wrongful – the fact that which side prevails does not depend on who is in the right – also provides the moral standard for evaluating the conduct of war, both the grounds for going to war and the ways in which wars are fought.


About the Commentators

Christopher Kutz

C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law
Jurisprudence & Social Policy Program
Berkeley Law


Oona A. Hathaway

Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law
Yale Law School


Jeff McMahan

White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy
Oxford University