The following is a selection of recent books published by faculty at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in the area of Law and Philosophy.

The Owl and the Rooster

The Owl and the Rooster: Hegel's Transformative Political Science

Alan Brudner

Cambridge University Press, 2017
ISBN: 9781107197541

This book presents a faithful, non-deflationary reading of Hegel's political thought that is nevertheless clear and free of his forbidding language.

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Private Wrongs

Private Wrongs

Arthur Ripstein

Harvard University Press, 2016
ISBN 9780674659803

Tort law can seem puzzling: sometimes people are made to pay damages when they are barely or not at fault, while at other times serious losses go uncompensated. In this pioneering book, Arthur Ripstein brings coherence and unity to the baffling diversity of tort law in an original theory that is philosophically grounded and analytically powerful.

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From Recognition to Reconciliation

From Recognition to Reconciliation

Patrick Macklem and Douglas Sanderson, editors

University of Toronto Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781442628854

More than thirty years ago, section 35 of the Constitution Act recognized and affirmed “the existing aboriginal and treaty rights of the aboriginal peoples of Canada.” In From Recognition to Reconciliation, twenty leading scholars reflect on the continuing transformation of the constitutional relationship between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian state.

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Philosophical Foundations of Constitutional Law

Philosophical Foundations of Constitutional Law

David Dyzenhaus and Malcolm Thorburn, editors

Oxford University Press, 2016
ISBN: 9780198754527

In a collection of essays bringing together scholars from several constitutional systems and disciplines, Philosophical Foundations of Constitutional Law unites the debate in a study of the philosophical issues at the very foundations of the idea of a constitution.

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The Sovereignty of Human Rights

The Sovereignty of Human Rights

Patrick Macklem

Oxford University Press, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-19-026731-5

The Sovereignty of Human Rights advances a legal theory of international human rights that defines their nature and purpose in relation to the structure and operation of international law.

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Abraham Drassinower - What's Wrong with Copying?

What's Wrong with Copying?

Abraham Drassinower

Harvard University Press, 2015
ISBN: 9780674743977

Challenging this widely accepted view, What’s Wrong with Copying? disentangles copyright theory from its focus on the economic value of an authored work as a commodity or piece of property. In his analysis of copyright doctrine, Abraham Drassinower frames an author’s work as a communicative act and asserts that copyright infringement is best understood as an unauthorized appropriation of another person’s speech.

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The Politics of Citizenship in Immigrant Democracies: The Experience of the United States, Canada and Australia

The Politics of Citizenship in Immigrant Democracies: The Experience of the United States, Canada and Australia

Ayelet Shachar and Geoffrey Brahm Levey, editors

Routledge, 2015
ISBN:  9781138886247

This book brings together scholars from various disciplines to explore current issues and trends in the rethinking of migration and citizenship from the perspective of three major immigrant democracies – Australia, Canada, and the United States.

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Private Law and the Rule of Law

Private Law and the Rule of Law

Lisa Austin and Dennis Klimchuk, editors

Oxford University Press, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-19-872932-7

The rule of law is widely perceived to be a public law doctrine, concerned with the way in which governmental authority conforms to the dictates of law. The goal of this book is to challenge this presumption. The chapters in this volume all consider the idea that the rule of law concerns the nature of law generally and the conditions under which any relationship - that among citizens as well as that between citizens and the state - becomes subject to law.

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Natural Law A Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Trialogue

Natural Law: A Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Trialogue

Anver Emon

Oxford University Press, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-19-870660-1

This book is an examination of natural law doctrine, rooted in the classical writings of our respective three traditions: Jewish, Christian, and Islamic. Each of the authors provides an extensive essay reflecting on natural law doctrine in his tradition.

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Philosophical Foundations of Discrimination Law

Philosophical Foundations of Discrimination Law

Edited by Sophia Moreau and Deborah Hellman

Oxford University Press, 2014
ISBN: 9780199664313

This volume takes a fresh look at the philosophy of discrimination law, identifying points of discussion in need of further study. It addresses how we are to understand and justify laws prohibiting discrimination.

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The Unity of the Common Law, 2nd edition

The Unity of the Common Law

Second edition

Alan Brudner

Oxford University Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780199592807

This thoroughly revised and rewritten edition of Alan Brudner's classic contribution to the theory of private law develops an account of private law that overturns the traditional divide between functionalism and formalism in explaining and justifying the law. 

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Corrective Justice

Corrective Justice

Ernest J. Weinrib

Oxford University Press, 2012
ISBN: 9780199660643

This work from one of the world's pre-eminent legal philosophers presents a major development of his central ideas. It develops a unifying account of the foundations of private law grounded in the major doctrines of tort, contract, property, unjust enrichment, and remedies - deepening the understanding of the law.

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