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William A. Edmundson

Regents Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy

Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley
J.D., cum laude, Duke University


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William A. Edmundson, Regents Professor of Law and Philosophy, earned his Ph.D in philosophy from the University of California-Berkeley and his J.D. from Duke University.

Edmundson has written on many rights including animal rights, coercion, the duty to obey the law, distributive justice, political equality, punishment, privacy, and other topics in the intersection of moral and political philosophy and the philosophy of law.

He is the author of Three Anarchical Fallacies (1998) and An Introduction to Rights (2d ed.2012; Portuguese ed., 2006). He edited The Duty to Obey the Law (1999) and co-edited The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory (2004). Articles by Edmundson have appeared in Ethics, the Journal of Political Philosophy, Legal Theory, the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the Michigan Law Review, the Iowa Law Review and elsewhere.

In addition, Edmundson is a general editor of the series, Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy and Law, and he is on the editorial board of the journal, Law and Philosophy. He is a subject area editor of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. At Georgia State Law, he is a faculty adviser for the joint J.D./ philosophy, and is a research faculty member of the Brain and Social Behaviors Group in the Neuroscience Institute.


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