CfP: Philosophy’s Practical Turn

The Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities (YJLH) is seeking full submissions for a symposium section of the Spring 2017 issue. The journal seeks submissions that employ methods of philosophy (broadly construed) to investigate practical legal issues. We hope to publish articles representative of an array of philosophical traditions and contemporary issues. The special section aims to exemplify how philosophical approaches and insights provide distinctive and significant contributions to practical legal debates.


Example topics include:

  • Bioethics, biolaw, and technology
  • Feminist philosophy of law
  • Law and philosophy of race, gender, sexuality
  • Mass incarceration and prisons
  • Neuroscience, law, and philosophy
  • Philosophical analyses of legal evidence or standards of proof
  • Philosophy of disability and the law
  • Practical just war theory and philosophy of war
  • Topics in practical ethics (e.g. abortion, capital punishment) with a legal-philosophical angle

Please submit papers prepared for anonymous review to yjlh@yale.edu by December 31, 2016. If it would be useful to receive informal feedback on the appropriateness of a proposed topic, feel free to email kevin.tobia@yale.edu.

We also aim to accept and publish standard submissions for Volume 29(2) (in addition to articles chosen for the special section of the issue). Please send regular submissions to yjlh@yale.edu.