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Joseph Raz to Deliver Storrs Lectures, "Between Authority and Morality," March 24-31


Joseph Raz, professor of the philosophy of law and a fellow of Balliol College at Oxford University and visiting professor at Columbia Law School, will deliver the Storrs Lectures in a series of three talks between March 24 and 31, titled "Between Authority and Morality." The dates, times, and titles for the specific lectures are listed below. All lectures will be in Room 127 at the Law School and are free and open to the public.

March 24, 4:30 p.m.--"Judges Are Humans Too"
March 25, 4:30 p.m.--"Interpretation: What Is It?"
March 31, 4:30 p.m.--"Interpretation: Why and How?"


Joseph Raz's Storrs Lectures will be "a stab at understanding interpretation as a mode of explanation leading to a kind of understanding." Raz argues that "interpretation is a common enterprise in the arts, in music, in literature, in understanding social relations and social institutions generally, and in the law, [but] it is nevertheless different in the different areas." And this leads him to the question, "What makes for the specific character of legal interpretation?"

Raz's first lecture, "Judges Are Humans Too," will outline what he calls an "ancient theme in legal thought"--the position of judges between law and morality. Raz will suggest that a means by which judges integrate law and morality is through interpretation.

The second lecture, "Interpretation: What Is It?", will pick up on the idea of interpretation and try to define and examine it and its effects. The final lecture in Raz's series, "Interpretation: Why and How?", will focus on the differences in how interpretation is viewed by different fields. Interpretation varies, says Raz, "in response to different reasons why we interpret."

Related Links:
Joseph Raz's website