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Pragmatism and the Law

The Centre for Constitutional Studies is excited to present an online lecture by Professor Cheryl Misak from the University of Toronto entitled: Pragmatism and the Law.

The founders of pragmatism (Peirce, James, Oliver Wendell Holmes) had much to say about norms. In this talk, Prof. Cheryl Misak will look at the promising view of law and its legitimacy which originates in the work of Oliver Wendell Holmes and then is continued in the next generation of pragmatists by John Dewey and C.I. Lewis.

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Cheryl Misak

Professor, University of Toronto
Cheryl Misak is University Professor, Professor of Philosophy, and former Vice President and Provost at the University of Toronto. She is the author of numerous papers and six books: Cambridge Pragmatism: From Peirce and James to Ramsey and Wittgenstein (OUP 2016); The American Pragmatists (OUP 2013); Truth, Politics, Morality: Pragmatism and Deliberation (Routledge 2000); Verificationism: Its History and Prospects (Routledge 1995) and Truth and the End of Inquiry: A Peircean Account of Truth (OUP 1991). Her latest work is a biography of the great Cambridge philosopher, mathematician, and economist, Frank Ramsey, who died in 1930 at the age of 26. It was published in 2020 by Oxford University Press, under the title Frank Ramsey: A Sheer Excess of Powers. Her research spans American pragmatism, the history of analytic philosophy, moral and political philosophy, and philosophy of medicine. She has been a Rhodes Scholar; a Humboldt Research Fellow; a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at NYU; a Visiting Fellow at both St. John's College, Cambridge and Trinity College, Cambridge; and the recipient of a Humboldt Research Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Visitor at the Oxford Centre for Life Writing. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Event Date(s):

November 15, 2023, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

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