Brian Leiter

University of Chicago

Brian Leiter is Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence at University of Chicago Law School; founder and director of the Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Value; and editor of Philosophical Gourmet Report.

Previously, Leiter 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 or philosophy at Yale University, University College London, University of Paris X-Nanterre, and Oxford University.

Leiter was a visitor professor at University of Chicago Law School in 2006. In 2008, he joined the faculty and founded the Law School’s Center for Law, Philosophy & Human Values.

Leiter's books include Nietzsche on Morality, Naturalizing Jurisprudence, and Why Tolerate Religion?. 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 the annual Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Law (with Leslie Green).

Featured Work

Why Tolerate Religion?

DEC 13, 2012 Podcast

Why Tolerate Religion?

Why do Western democracies single out religion for preferential treatment? For example, why can a Sikh boy carry a dagger to school while other children ...