Arthur Ripstein is a professor of law and of philosophy at the University of Toronto. He was appointed to the Department of Philosophy in 1987, promoted to full professor in 1996, and appointed to the Faculty of Law in 1999. He was Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at Princeton in 1995-96, held a Connaught fellowship in the spring term of 2000, and holds a Killam Fellowship for 2016-2018. He received a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, a degree in law from Yale, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba.
Professor Ripstein’s research and teaching interests include torts, criminal law, legal theory, and political philosophy.
Awards and distinctions
- Killam Fellowship, Canada Council for the Arts (2016)
- Faculty Award, University of Toronto Alumni Association (2012)
- Canadian Philosophical Association Book Prize (2011)
- Fellow, Royal Society of Canada (2010)
- Nicholas Hoare/Renaud Bray Book Prize of the Canadian Philosophical Association (2001)
- Connaught Fellowship (2000)
- Rockefeller Visiting Fellowship, Princeton University (1994-1995)
- Video: Kissel Lecture at Harvard University, “Perpetual War or Perpetual Peace?“
- Audio: Society for Applied Philosophy Annual Lecture, King’s College London, “Reclaiming Proportionality.” Listen to Prof. Ripstein’s interview about the lecture.
- Looking for a different Ripstein instead? Read about Mexican filmmaker Arturo Ripstein. Read about Ripstein’s mother, Ellen, who was a spy and later Canada’s first woman stockbroker. Watch the other Ellen Ripstein, his cousin the crossword puzzle solver, win the world crossword championship.
Philosophy of Law, Political Philosophy
In addition to numerous articles in legal theory and political philosophy, Arthur Ripstein is the author of Force and Freedom: Kant’s Legal and Political Philosophy (Harvard 2009) and Equality, Responsibility and the Law (1999). He is editor of Ronald Dworkin (Cambridge 2007) and co-editor of Law and Morality (1996, second edition 2001, third edition 2007), and Practical Rationality and Preference (2001). He is currently writing a book on Kant’s legal and political Philosophy. He is an Associate Editor of Philosophy and Public Affairs, a former Editor of Ethics, serves on the editorial board of Legal Theory, and is Advisory Editor of the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence. His popular work has appeared on Ideas on CBC Radio.
- For for a list of Prof. Ripstein’s publications visit the Department of Law.
- Some of Prof. Ripstein’s publications are available on his SSRN page.
- Read Scott Hershovitz’s review of Prof. Ripstein’s Private Wrongs in the Harvard Law Review.
- Read Allen Wood’s Review of Prof. Ripstein’s Force and Freedom: Kant’s Legal and Political Philosophy in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
- Read Richard Arneson’s review of Prof. Ripstein’s Equality, Responsibility and the Law in the Canadian Journal of Philosophy.