Arthur Ripstein



Professor of Law and Philosophy, University Professor


St. George,

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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)


Research Interests:

Kant, Philosophy of Law, Social and 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.



Jackman Law Building (Room J322), 78 Queen's Park Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5

Secondary Address:

Jackman Humanities Institute (Room 506), 170 St. George St. Toronto, ON M5S 3C5