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Twin Conferences in Tribute to The Philosophy of Joseph Raz


Columbia Law School, New York | 22-24 September 2023
YTL Centre for Politics, Philosophy and Law, King's College London | 27-29 October 2023


Professor Joseph Raz, to many of us a lifelong mentor, colleague and dear friend, passed away on 2 May 2022. In recognition of Raz's enormous influence in philosophy and legal theory, the organisers of the twin conferences in tribute to his work, invite you to attend one or both of the conferences and to participate in the discussions. The papers are now available below, and participants will be assumed to have read the papers in advance. The sessions will be devoted to open discussion. Participation is open to all, limited only by constraints of space and safety.

Participants (including presenters) will need to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.  very modest and limited amount of funding will be available to assist those who cannot cover the full costs from their research/travel budgets. To apply please send an email to briefly explaining your request. Please put "Raz Conference" in the subject line."  

The conference is co-sponsored by the Program on Ethics & public Life, Cornell University. 

Columbia Law School, New York - Registration link

King's College London - Registration link


Conference programme: King's College London

27 October 2023

14:00: Arrivals reception

14:30-16:00:  Michael Moore,  'Requiem for a Concept: Exclusionary Reasons'

16:30-18:00:  Debbie Roberts, 'The Truth in ‘The Truth in Particularism’

28 October 2023

09:00:  Arrivals reception

09:30-11:00: David Owens, 'What is the Problem with Authority?'

11:30-13:00: Collis Tahzib, 'The Explanatory Role of The Harm Principle'

Lunch break

14:30-16:00: Filippa Ronquist,  'Trust me': Conventionalism and the Directedness of Promissory Obligation

16:30-18:00: Steven Wall, 'Autonomy and Options' 

29 October 2023

09.00: Arrivals reception

09:30-11:00: Alexander Greenberg, 'But What Does that Say About Me?” Raz and Hart on Responsibility for Negligence'

11:30-13:00  Jason Bridges, 'Beyond “rationalism”: how reasons explain action 

Lunch break

14:30-16:00:  Thomas Christiano, 'Normative Conventionalism about Contract'


Columbia Law School NYC Steering Committee:

Ashraf Ahmed (Columbia University)
Kimberley Brownlee (University of British Columbia)
Mala Chatterjee (Columbia University)
David Enoch (Hebrew University) 
Andrei Marmor (Cornell University)
Daniel Viehoff (NYU)
Jeremy Waldron (NYU)

King's College London Steering Committee:

Maria Alvarez (Kings College London)
John Hyman (UCL)
Timothy Macklem (Queen Mary University)
Andrei Marmor (Cornell University)
Massimo Renzo (Kings College London)