Gerald J. Postema

Cary C. Boshamer Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law

Education

  • Ph.D., Cornell University (1976)
  • B.A., Calvin College (1970)

Postema has published extensively in legal and political philosophy and ethics. In 2011 he published Legal Philosophy in the 20th Century: The Common Law World, He wrote Bentham and the Common Law Tradition (Clarendon 1986/1989) and edited Racism and the Law (Kluwer 1997); Rationality, Conventions, and the Law (Kluwer 1998); Jeremy Bentham: Moral, Political, and Legal Philosophy (Ashgate 2002) and Philosophy and the Law of Torts (CUP 2001). He is associate editor of the 12 volume, Treatise in the Philosophy of Law (Springer 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011). 

A selection of the jurisprudential writings of Sir Matthew Hale will also be published by Oxford University Press under his editorship. Former Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellow, and fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies and the National Humanities Center, he was editor of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Law (1995-2006) and was special issues editor of Law and Philosophy (1996-2001). In fall, 2012, he was awarded the George J. Johnson Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Art and Humanities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Selected Publications

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  • Jurisprudence, in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF UTILITARIANISM (James E. Crimmins, ed.) (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013).
  • Philosophical Narrative: A Reply to Professor Wolenski, 26 RATIO JURIS 139 (2013).
  • Custom, Normative Practice, and the Law, 62 DUKE L. J. 707 (2012). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • TREATISE OF LEGAL PHILOSOPHY AND GENERAL JURISPRUDENCE, Volume 11: LEGAL PHILOSOPHY IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: THE COMMON LAW WORLD (G. J. Postema & Enrico Pattaro, eds.) (Springer 2011). [SSRN]
  • Analytic Jurisprudence Established, in TREATISE OF LEGAL PHILOSOPHY AND GENERAL JURISPRUDENCE, Volume 11, LEGAL PHILOSOPHY IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: THE COMMON LAW WORLD (G. J. Postema & Enrico Pattaro, eds.) (Springer 2011). [SSRN K230.P673 A33 2011]
  • Justice Holmes: A New Path for American Jurisprudence, in TREATISE OF LEGAL PHILOSOPHY AND GENERAL JURISPRUDENCE, Volume 11, LEGAL PHILOSOPHY IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: THE COMMON LAW WORLD (G. J. Postema & Enrico Pattaro, eds.) (Springer 2011). [K230.P673 A33 2011]
  • Legal Positivism: Early Foundations (2011). [SSRN]
  • Law's Ethos: Reflections on a Public Practice of Illegality, 90 B.U. L. REV. 1847 (2010) (symposium). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
  • Sweet Dissonance:  Conflict, Consensus, and the Rule of Law, 17 HARV. REV. PHIL. 36 (Fall 2010).
  • Nature as First Custom: Hayek on the Evolution of Social Rules (2009). [SSRN]
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