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October 6, 2004

Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, (512) 471.7330

New Book Edited by Prof. Brian Leiter: The Future for Philosophy

Cover of Leiter's "The Future for Philosophy"

AUSTIN, Texas — A new book edited by Brian Leiter, a law and philosophy scholar at The University of Texas at Austin, has been published by the Clarendon Press imprint of Oxford University Press. The Future for Philosophy, a selection of essays written by the world's most eminent philosophers, was recently released.

Professor Leiter has written the introduction to the 360-page book as well as a chapter entitled "The Hermeneutics of Suspicion: Recovering Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud." The book is available at the Oxford University Press web site at: .

About the book:
The book addresses the general question: Where does philosophy, the oldest academic subject, stand at the beginning of the new millennium? The volume brings together leading figures from most major branches of the discipline to offer answers.

What remains of the "linguistic turn" in twentieth-century philosophy? How should moral philosophy respond to and incorporate developments in empirical psychology? Where might Continental and Anglophone feminist theory profitably interact? How has our understanding of ancient philosophy been affected by the emergence of analytic philosophy? Where does the mind-body problem stand today? What role must value judgments play in science? Do Marx, Nietzsche, or Freud matter in the 21st century?

These and many other questions at the cutting edge of the discipline are addressed by distinguished philosophers from Australia, Britain, Canada, and the United States. They aim not only to stimulate philosophical debate, but to introduce those in cognate disciplines—biology, classics, economics, history, law, linguistics, literary studies, mathematics, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, among others—to what is happening in contemporary philosophy. In a substantial introduction, the editor gives an overview of the state of philosophy today and helps orient non-philosophers.

About the Editor:
Brian Leiter has taught at The University of Texas at Austin since 1995, where he now holds the Joseph D. Jamail Centennial Chair in Law and also serves as Professor of Philosophy and founder and director of the Law & Philosophy Program. He is the youngest chairholder in the history of the law school at Texas. He has also taught at Yale, University College London and San Diego.

He is one of three editors of the journal, Legal Theory (published by Cambridge University Press) and editor of the Routledge Philosophers book series. He is the author of Nietzsche on Morality (Routledge, 2002) and editor of several books, including Objectivity in Law and Morals (Cambridge University Press, 2001), and Nietzsche (2001) in the Oxford Readings in Philosophy Series (with Richardson). Cambridge University Press will soon publish (in both cloth and paper) a collection of his papers, together with a reply to critics, under the title Naturalizing Jurisprudence: Essays on American Legal Realism and the Naturalistic Program in Legal Theory.

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