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Brian Leiter, UChicago, to Give WIU's Woods Lecture Sept. 30

September 27, 2010

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MACOMB, IL – Brian Leiter, the John P. Wilson Professor of Law and director of the Center for Law, Philosophy and Human Values at the University of Chicago, will give the 24th Annual Mary Olive Woods Lecture Thursday, Sept. 30 at Western Illinois University.

Leiter will present "The Radicalism of Legal Positivism" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 in the University Union Grand Ballroom. The lecture is open free to the public.

According to his University of Chicago website (, Leiter was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School in Fall 2006. He joined the faculty in July 2008 and founded the Law School's Center for Law, Philosophy and Human Values. Previously, he taught for more than 12 years at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was the youngest chair holder in the history of the law school. He has also been a visiting professor at Yale Law School, University College London and the University of Paris X-Nanterre; he will be visiting professor of philosophy at Oxford University during portions of the 2011-12 academic year.

Leiter's teaching and research interests are in general jurisprudence, moral and political philosophy 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), and "Naturalizing Jurisprudence: Essays on American Legal Realism and Naturalism in Legal Philosophy" (Oxford, 2007).

Leiter earned his bachelor's degree (1984) from Princeton University, and his Juris Doctor (1987) and Ph.D. (philosophy, 1995) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

The annual Woods Lecture is sponsored by Western's philosophy and religious studies department, in conjunction with the 1987 trust fund of Mary Olive Woods. In addition to the yearly lecture presentation, the Woods fund provides student scholarships to deserving philosophy majors and religious studies majors and minors during the fall and spring semesters.

For more information, contact Western's philosophy and religious studies department, (309) 298-1057.

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