Nunn on Legal Theory and the Morality of Conscious Racial Identity @UFLaw @NebLRev

Kenneth B. Nunn, University of Florida College of Law, has published ‘Essentially Black’: Legal Theory and the Morality of Conscious Racial Identity 97 Nebraska Law Review 287 (2018). Here is the abstract. In philosophy, essentialism involves the claim that everything that exists has a fundamental character or core set of features that makes it what it is. Although this idea developed out of Platonic notions of ideal forms, it has spread beyond philosophy into the social sciences and hard scientific disciplines like mathematics and biology. Since the advent of postmodernism,…

Bacon, Coke, and Seventeenth-Century England

Peter Grajzl, Washington and Lee University Department of Economics; CESifo, and Peter Murrell, University of Maryland Department of Economics, have published Estimating a Culture: Bacon, Coke, and Seventeenth-Century England. Here is the abstract. We use machine learning to estimate the features of early seventeenth-century English culture, applying structural topic modeling to the works of Francis Bacon and Edward Coke. The estimated topics reflect a core set of cultural ideas spanning legal, political, scientific, and methodological themes. Legal topics are highly connected, revealing an advanced structure of common-law thought that straddles…

Douglas Laycock, Religious Liberty @UVALaw @eerdmansbooks

Douglas Laycock, University of Virginia School of Law, has published Religious Liberty (William B. Eerdmans, 2018) (Emory University Studies in Law & Religion) (5 volumes). Here from the publisher’s website is a description of the publication’s contents. The complete 5-volume set of Laycock’s authoritative writings on religious liberty in America One of the most respected and influential scholars of religious liberty in our time, Douglas Laycock has argued many crucial religious liberty cases in the US appellate courts and the Supreme Court. His noteworthy legal writings are being collected in…

Patricia Miller, Bringing Down the Colonel (Sarah Crichton Books, 2018) @SarahCrichtonBK

Now available: Patricia Miller, Bringing Down the Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the “Powerless” Woman Who Took on Washington (Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2018). Here from the publisher’s website is a description of the book’s contents. In Bringing Down the Colonel, the journalist Patricia Miller tells the story of Madeline Pollard, an unlikely nineteenth-century women’s rights crusader. After an affair with a prominent politician left her “ruined,” Pollard brought the man—and the hypocrisy of America’s control of women’s sexuality—to trial. And, surprisingly, she won.…

Maltz on The Coming of the Fifteenth Amendment @RutgersLaw

Earl Maltz, Rutgers Law School, has published The Coming of the Fifteenth Amendment: the Republican Party and the Right to Vote in the Early Reconstruction Era. Here is the abstract. The year 2019 marks the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of one of the most significant moments in American constitutional history. On February, 25, 1869, more than two-thirds of the members of the House of Representatives approved the proposed Fifteenth Amendment. The next day, the Senate followed suit, and the proposed amendment was sent to the state legislatures for ratification. After…

Legal Fictions Revisited–29th World Congress of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy @KYAlbrecht

Law & Humanities Blog: Call For Papers: Legal Fictions Revisited–29th World Congress of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy @KYAlbrecht skip to main | skip to sidebar Call For Papers: Legal Fictions Revisited–29th World Congress of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy @KYAlbrecht From the mailbox: 29th World Congress of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR) • University of Lucerne • 7 – 13 July 2019 Special Workshop: Legal Fictions Revisited Convenors: Kristin Y. Albrecht (University of…

Call For Applications, Kent Summer School in Critical Theory @UniKent

From Professor Maria Drakopoulou, Co Director University of Kent Centre for Critical Thought: We are excited to announce that applications are now open for the Kent Summer School in Critical Theory, to be held this year in Paris, 1-12 July 2017. Our website is now live, and we invite you to pay us a visit and lodge your application at: https://research.kent.ac.uk/kssct/. All instructions, deadlines, further information, and FAQs can be found there. The KSSCT is a summer school for early career researchers and doctoral students from all disciplines. It aims…