Brian Leiter (born 1963) is an American professor of law and philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has been teaching since 1995. Year 1963 ( MCMLXIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Law is a system of rules enforced through a set of Institutions used as an instrument to underpin civil obedience politics economics and society Philosophy is the study of general problems concerning matters such as existence knowledge truth beauty justice validity mind and language Before this he taught for two years in the law school at the University of San Diego, and was also a visiting assistant professor of philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic University in San Diego, California. The University of California San Diego (popularly known as UC San Diego or UCSD) is a public Research university in San Diego, California He earned his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Princeton University and both his J.D. and Ph.D. (in philosophy) from the University of Michigan. Princeton University is a private Coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey. Juris Doctor (abbreviated JD or JD, from the Latin, Teacher of Law) is a first professional graduate degree and Professional "PhD" redirects here for other uses see PhD (disambiguation. The University of Michigan Ann Arbor ( U of M, U-M, UM or simply Michigan) is a top-ranked Coeducational public research
In 2008, Leiter will move to the University of Chicago, where he will take up a chair in the Law School. The University of Chicago is a Private university located principally in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Leiter holds the Hines H. Baker and Thelma Kelley Baker Chair in Law and also serves as Professor of Philosophy and Founder and Director of the Law and Philosophy Program. He was the youngest chair-holder in the history of the law school at Texas. He has been a visiting professor at Yale Law School, University College London, and University of Chicago Law School. Yale Law School, or YLS, is the Law school of Yale University in New Haven Connecticut. University College London ( UCL) is a multi-faculty university institution based in the United Kingdom and a constituent college of the University of London The University of Chicago Law School, having recently celebrated its centennial in the 2002-2003 school year has established itself as a high profile part of the University of He edited the journal Legal Theory for seven years and is also editor of the Routledge Philosophers, a new series of introductions to major philosophers. He gave the 'Or 'Emet Lecture at Osgoode Hall School of Law at York University, Toronto in 2006, and the Fresco Lectures at the University of Genoa and the Dunbar Lecture in Law and Philosophy at the University of Mississippi in 2008.
Leiter's scholarly writings have been in two main areas: legal philosophy and Continental philosophy. Philosophical naturalism has been an abiding theme in both contexts. This article covers metaphysical naturalism as a worldview Naturalism (philosophy discusses methodological naturalism In legal philosophy, he has offered a reinterpretation of the American Legal Realists as prescient philosophical naturalists and a general defense of what he calls "naturalized jurisprudence. " This work is reflected in his book Naturalizing Jurisprudence: Essays on American Legal Realism and Naturalism in Legal Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2007). In his writing on German philosophy, Leiter defends a reading of Nietzsche as a philosophical naturalist, most notably in Nietzsche on Morality (London: Routledge, 2002). Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (October 15 1844 August 25 1900 ( was a nineteenth-century German philosopher and classical philologist He has also published work on meta-ethics, social epistemology, the law of evidence, and on philosophers such as Marx, Heidegger, and Dworkin. In Philosophy, meta-ethics (sometimes called "analytic ethics" is the branch of Ethics that seeks to understand the nature of ethical properties Epistemology (from Greek επιστήμη - episteme, "knowledge" + λόγος, " Logos " or theory of knowledge Martin Heidegger ( September 26, 1889 &ndash May 26, 1976) (ˈmaɐ̯tiːn ˈhaɪ̯dɛgɐ was an influential German philosopher Ronald Dworkin, QC, FBA (born December 11, 1931) is an American Legal philosopher, currently professor of Jurisprudence
His other publications include several dozen articles and several edited collections. These include Nietzsche (Oxford Readings in Philosophy, 2001) (with John Richardson), Objectivity in Law and Morals (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001), The Future for Philosophy (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2004), and Nietzsche and Morality (Oxford University Press, 2007) (with Neil Sinhababu). His characterization of the contemporary philosophical scene as divided between "naturalists" and "quietists" was critiqued by Richard Rorty and is partly the subject of an article in Rorty's final collection of papers. Richard McKay Rorty (October 4 1931 - June 8 2007 was an American Philosopher. His articles include "Determinacy, Objectivity, and Authority" (University of Pennsylvania Law Review) (co-authored with Jules Coleman), "Rethinking Legal Realism: Toward a Naturalized Jurisprudence" (Texas Law Review), "Nietzsche and the Morality Critics" (Ethics), "Legal Realism and Legal Positivism Reconsidered" (Ethics), "Naturalized Epistemology and the Law of Evidence" (Virginia Law Review) (co-authored with Ronald Allen), and "Beyond the Hart/Dworkin Debate: The Methodology Problem in Jurisprudence" (American Journal of Jurisprudence).
Leiter is the editor of the Philosophical Gourmet Report, a highly influential, but controversial, ranking of graduate programs in philosophy in the English-speaking world. The Philosophical Gourmet Report (also known as the Leiter Report) edited by Philosophy and Law professor Brian Leiter &mdash in response to the Gourman He has also produced somewhat less influential rankings of U. S. law schools, and was recently retained by Macleans magazine in Canada to produce a ranking of Canadian law schools.  Starting in 2003, Leiter also became a prominent blogger on topics including philosophy, rankings and politics. A blog (a contraction of the term " Web log " is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary descriptions of His political blogging featured critiques on proponents of intelligent design, the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, Bush economic and social policies, and various conservative figures. Intelligent The 2003 invasion of Iraq, from March 20 to May 1 2003 was spearheaded by the United States, backed by British forces and smaller contingents from Australia George Walker Bush ( born July 6 1946 is the forty-third and current President of the United States. Since 2007, however, his blog has returned to its original focus on mostly academic topics.
In 2004, the Harvard Law Review published a review by Lawrence VanDyke, a Harvard Law student, praising a book written by Francis J. Beckwith that defended the teaching of intelligent design in schools. Francis J "Frank" Beckwith (1960- is an American Christian philosopher, scholar debater and lecturer Leiter then wrote a scathing review of VanDyke's review.  The National Review Online published a response to Leiter written by Hunter Baker, defending Beckwith and alleging Leiter was "attacking" both a student writer and "academic freedom. National Review ( NR) is a biweekly Magazine and Web site, founded by the late author William F " Baker's article was republished by the Discovery Institute,. The Discovery Institute is a conservative public policy US Think tank based in Seattle Washington, best known for its advocacy of Intelligent
Leiter revealed that Hunter Baker was Beckwith's teaching assistant when he wrote the defense of Beckwith for the National Review, something both Beckwith and Baker had not disclosed.  This prompted Leiter to question the journalistic integrity of Hunter and to describe such tactics as "fraud" and a "right-wing slime and smear job. "
During a subsequent controversy over Baylor University's denial of tenure to Beckwith, Hunter Baker went on to write another National Review article arguing that the denial of tenure was an attack on academic freedom, again without disclosing his relationship to Beckwith. Baylor University is a private, Baptist -affiliated Research University located in Waco Texas. 
According to Kevin Drum of the Washington Monthly, this controversy gave rise to creation of the blog the Panda's Thumb which has been one of the most notable fora for critics of intelligent design, but in fact this controversy had nothing to do with the formation of the Pandas's Thumb. The Washington Monthly is a monthly Magazine of United States Politics and Government that is based in Washington D The Panda's Thumb is a Weblog on the Creation-evolution controversy from a mainstream scientific perspective