Universiteit Antwerpen

January 16, 2015 | Fifth Annual Jurisprudence Lecture - London. Arthur Ripstein on 'Means and Ends'

Chair: Prof. Georgios Pavlakos (Centre for Law and Cosmopolitan Values, University of Antwerp)

Legal doctrine often focuses on means rather than ends. In an action for breach of contract, the court asks only whether promisor performed as promised, and takes no account of what either promisor or promisee expected to gain by the transaction. The criminal law inquires into how the criminal was trying to accomplish some purpose, not what the purpose was. Most crimes are committed to get money, a purpose of which the law otherwise approves. This focus on means is often said to be superficial, and to be the manifestation of an underlying concern either with the ends sought by a person or the ends that are served by placing legal restrictions on the use of certain means. In this lecture Professor Ripstein takes up Kant's suggestion that "right abstracts from all ends," to explain the law's focus on means rather than ends, exploring its application to both public and private law.

Arthur Ripstein is Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Toronto.

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The Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics, Lincolns Inn Fields, London UK.
A reception will follow the lecture until 8.30pm

The number of seats is limited!
Emma Swinden
by January 6, 2015
E-mail: emma@hartpub.co.uk
Tel: +44(0)1865 517530