Brian Leiter was a visiting professor at the Law School in the fall of 2006 and joined the faculty July 1, 2008, simultaneously founding the Law School’s Center for Law, Philosophy & Human Values. Prior to that, he taught for more than a dozen years at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was the youngest chairholder in the history of the law school. He has also been a Visiting Professor of Law at Yale University and the University of Paris X-Nanterre, and a Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Oxford University, University College London, and the University of California, San Diego.
His teaching and research interests are in general jurisprudence (including its intersection with issues in metaphysics and epistemology), moral and political philosophy (in both Anglophone and Continental traditions), and the law of evidence. His books include Objectivity in Law and Morals (Cambridge, 2001) (editor), Nietzsche on Morality (Routledge, 2002), The Future for Philosophy (Oxford, 2004) (editor), Naturalizing Jurisprudence (Oxford, 2007), The Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy (co-editor), and Why Tolerate Religion? (Princeton, 2013). His recent articles include “The Demarcation Problem in Jurisprudence: A New Case for Skepticism” (Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 2011), “In Praise of Realism” (Georgetown Law Journal, 2012), “Moralities are a Sign-Language of the Affects” (Social Philosophy & Policy, 2013), and “Moral Skepticism and Moral Disagreement in Nietzsche” (Oxford Studies in Metaethics, forthcoming). He is presently working on projects in moral psychology and meta-ethics (often in relation to Nietzsche), on ‘realism’ as a theme in political and legal theory, and on philosophical issues about free speech.
Leiter has given named lectures at universities around the world, including, most recently, the Julius Stone Address in Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney in Australia, and the Taylor Lecture in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Otago in New Zealand. He was editor of the journal Legal Theory from 2000 to 2008, and is the founding editor of the Routledge Philosophers book series and of Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Law (with Leslie Green). He also serves on the editorial boards of Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, Journal of Nietzsche Studies, Journal of Moral Philosophy, The Philosopher’s Annual, Oxford Bibliographies Online: Philosophy, Theoria (Sweden), Anilisi e Diritto (Italy), Problema: Anuario de Filosofia y Teoría (Mexico), Nietzsche Online (Germany), and Revista de Teoría Jurídica (Argentina).
Leiter earned his A.B. from Princeton University; his JD and PhD in philosophy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.