Arthur Ripstein

Members of the Public

2020/21 Keele Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture

In recent discussions, both in philosophy and in public discourse, the vocabulary of public goods has been analyzed in economic terms. In this paper, I offer an alternative Kantian account, focussing not on issues of excludability, but rather on the distinctive rights that members of a political society have as members of the public.
About the speaker:
Arthur Ripstein is University Professor in the Faculty of Law and Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, where he also holds the Howard Beck Q.C. Chair in Law.  He is the author of Equality Responsibility and the Law (Cambridge 1998) Force and Freedom (Harvard 2009) Private Wrongs (Harvard 2016) Rules for Wrongdoers (Oxford 2021). He was awarded the 2021 Killam Prize for the humanities by the Canada Council.
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