Prof. Arthur Ripstein
Professor of Law and Philosophy, University Professor

Jackman Law Building
Room J322
78 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5   

Tel.: 416-978-0735

Arthur Ripstein is Professor of Law and Philosophy and University Professor. He was appointed to the Department of Philosophy in 1987, promoted to Full Professor in 1996, appointed to the Faculty of Law in 1999, and appointed to the rank of University Professor in 2016. He received a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in law from Yale, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba. He was Chair of the Philosophy Department 2011-14 and Acting Chair 2019-20.

Professor Ripstein's research and teaching interests include torts, legal theory, and political philosophy. In addition to numerous articles in legal theory and political philosophy, he is the author of Private Wrongs (Harvard 2016), Force and Freedom: Kant's Legal and Political Philosophy (Harvard 2009) and Equality, Responsibility and the Law (Cambridge 1999). He is editor of Ronald Dworkin (Cambridge 2007) and co-editor of Law and Morality (Toronto 1996, second edition 2001, third edition 2007), and Practical Rationality and Preference (Cambridge 2001). Oxford University Press will publish his Tanner Lectures, Rules for Wrongdoers, in 2020, and Kant and the Law of War in 2021. 2016-18 he held a Killam Fellowship from the Canada Council. He is an Associate Editor of Philosophy and Public Affairs, a former Associate Editor of Ethics and the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, serves on the editorial board of Legal Theory, and is Advisory Editor of the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence. His popular work has appeared on Ideas on CBC Radio One.

Video: Kissel Lecture at Harvard University, "Perpetual War or Perpetual Peace?"

Audio: Society for Applied Philosophy Annual Lecture, King’s College London, “Reclaiming Proportionality.” An interview with Ripstein about the lecture.

Listen to Ripstein’s Tanner Lectures on Human Values “Rules for Wrongdoers,” and “Combatants and Civilians” delivered at Berkeley in April 2019, together with comments from Oona Hathaway, Christopher Kutz, and Jeff McMahan.

Read about Ripstein’s current book project on Kant and the Law of War.

Looking for a different Ripstein instead? Read about Mexican filmmaker Arturo Ripstein hereRead about Arthur Ripstein’s mother, Ellen, who was a spy and later Canada’s first woman stockbroker, here. Watch the other Ellen Ripstein, his cousin the crossword puzzle solver, win the world crossword championship here. Learn about the Ripstein Procedure here.

See also the Law & Philosophy focus area.

B.A. (Hon) - University of Manitoba (1981)
M.A. - University of Pittsburgh (1984)
Ph.D. - University of Pittsburgh (1986)
M.S.L. - Yale Law School (1994)
Awards and distinctions
JJ Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award, University of Toronto (annual university-wide award for one faculty member in humanities and social sciences, 2019)
Tanner Lecturer, University of California Berkeley (2019)
University Professor (Special rank reserved for 2% of tenured faculty, 2016)
Killam Fellowship, Canada Council for the Arts (Two-year leave fellowship, one of six awarded annually in Canada across all disciplines, 2016-18)
Faculty Award, University of Toronto Alumni Association (Annual Award given to one faculty member across the University for Excellence in Research and Teaching over an extended period, 2012.)
Canadian Philosophical Association Book Prize (2011)
Fellow, Royal Society of Canada (2010)
Nicholas Hoare/Renaud Bray Book Prize of the Canadian Philosophical Association (2001)
Rockefeller Visiting Fellowship, Princeton University (1994-1995)
Selected publications

Private Wrongs (Harvard University Press, 2016)

Read Scott Hershovitz’s review in the Harvard Law Review.

Force and Freedom: Kant's Legal and Political Philosophy (Harvard University Press, 2009)

Read Allen Wood’s Review in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. Read Nick Sage’s Review of Freedom and Force, (a book about Ripstein’s work) in the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence.

Equality, Responsibility and the Law (Cambridge University Press, 1998)

Read Richard Arneson’s review in the Canadian Journal of Philosophy.

Research areas
Moral Philosophy
Political Philosophy and Theory
Tort Law and Tort Theory