Seana Shiffrin

Seana Shiffrin

Professor of Philosophy
Pete Kameron Professor of Law and Social Justice
B.A. UC Berkeley, 1988
B. Phil. Oxford, 1990
D. Phil Oxford, 1993
J.D. Harvard, 1996
UCLA Faculty Since 1992


The Norton Introduction to Philosophy (edited by Gideon Rosen, Alex Byrne, Joshua Cohen, and Seana Shiffrin). W.W. Norton & Company (2015).
Speech Matters: Lying, Morality and the Law. Princeton University Press (2014).

Articles and Chapters

Compelled Speech and the Irrelevance of Controversy, 47 Pepperdine Law Review 731 (2020). Full Text
Lying, Reciprocity and Free Speech -- A Reply to Eight Critics, 38 Law and Philosophy 555 (2019). Springer | Full Text
Learning about Deception from Lawyers, 93 Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplement 69 (2019). SSRN | Full Text
Deceptive Advertising and Taking Responsibility for Others, in The Oxford Handbook of Food Ethics (edited by Anne Barnhill, Mark Budolfson, and Tyler Dogget, Oxford Univ. Press, 2018). SSRN
Lecture 1: Democratic Law, in The Tanner Lectures on Human Values 37 (edited by Mark Matheson, University of Utah Press, 2018). Tanner Lecture series: "Speaking Amongst Ourselves: Democracy and Law" | Full Text
Lecture 2: Common and Constitutional Law: A Democratic Legal Perspective, in The Tanner Lectures on Human Values 37 (edited by Mark Matheson, University of Utah Press, 2018). "Speaking Amongst Ourselves: Democracy and Law" | Full Text
The Moral Neglect of Negligence, in Vol. 3 Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy (edited by David Sobel, Peter Vallentyne, and Steve Wall, Oxford Univ. Press, 2017). A critical discussion of the article appears at Pea Soup. | Full Text
Enhancing Moral Relationships Through Strict Liability, 66 University of Toronto Law Review 353 (2016). SSRN
Bedrock, 129 Harvard Law Review Forum 242 (2016). SSRN
Remedial Clauses: The Overprivatization of Private Law, 67 Hastings Law Journal 407 (2016). Full Text | SSRN
Preserving the Valued or Preserving Valuing?, in Death and the Afterlife by Samuel Scheffler, pp. 143-58 (edited and introduced by Niko Kolodny, Oxford University Press, 2013). Full Text
Harm and Its Moral Significance, 18 Legal Theory 357-98 (2012). (Posted with permission from Cambridge University Press; Copyright Cambridge University Press.) Abstract
Are Contracts Promises?, Pre-publication version. Edited version appears in the Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Law (edited by Andrei Marmor, Routledge, 2012). Full Text
A Thinker-Based Approach to Freedom of Speech, 27 Constitutional Commentary 283-307 (2011). Full Text
Immoral, Conflicting and Redundant Promises, in Reasons and Recognition: Essays on the Philosophy of T.M. Scanlon (edited by R. Jay Wallace, Rahul Kumar, and Samuel Freeman, Oxford University Press, 2011). Full Text
Incentives, Motives and Talents, 38 Philosophy & Public Affairs 111-42 (2010). Abstract
Inducing Moral Deliberation: On the Occasional Virtues of Fog, 123 Harvard Law Review 1214-46 (2010). Full Text
The Story of West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette (with Vincent Blasi), in Constitutional Law Stories 2nd ed. (edited by Michael Dorf, Foundation Press, 2009). Reprinted in First Amendment Stories (edited by Richard W. Garnett and Andrew Koppelman, Foundation Press, 2012). (Posted with permission from Foundation Press.) Full Text
Could Breach of Contract be Immoral?, 107 Michigan Law Review 1551-68 (2009). Full Text
Promising, Intimate Relationships, and Conventionalism, 117 Philosophical Review 481-524 (2008). Full Text | SSRN
Intellectual Property, in A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy (edited by Robert Goodin, Philip Pettit, and Thomas Pogge, Blackwell, 2007). Full Text
The Divergence of Contract and Promise, 120 Harvard Law Review 708-53 (2007). Full Text
Are Credit Card Late Fees Unconstitutional?, 15 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 457-500 (2006). Full Text | SSRN
What Is Really Wrong With Compelled Association?, 99 Northwestern University Law Review 839-88 (2005). Full Text
Race, Labor, and the Fair Equality of Opportunity Principle, 72 Fordham Law Review 1643-75 (2004). Full Text
Autonomy, Beneficence, and the Permanently Demented, in Ronald Dworkin and His Critics 195-217 (edited by Justine Burley, Blackwell Publishers, 2004). Full Text
Egalitarianism, Choice-Sensitivity, and Accommodation, in Reason and Value: Themes from the Work of Joseph Raz 270-302 (edited by Philip Pettit, et al, Oxford University Press, 2004). Full Text
Speech, Death, and Double Effect, 78 NYU Law Review 1135-85 (2003). Full Text | SSRN
Lockean Arguments for Private Intellectual Property, in New Essays in the Legal and Political Theory of Property 138-67 (edited by Stephen R. Munzer, Cambridge University Press, 2001). Full Text
Paternalism, Unconscionability Doctrine, & Accommodation, 29 Philosophy & Public Affairs 205-51 (2000). Reprinted in Philosophy of Law (edited by Joel Feinberg and Jules Coleman, Wadsworth/Thompson Learning, 2003, 2007). Full Text
Moral Overridingness and Moral Subjectivism, 109 Ethics 772-94 (1999). Full Text
Wrongful Life, Procreative Responsibility, and the Significance of Harm, 5 Legal Theory 117-148 (1999). Excerpted in Philosophy of Law (edited by Jules Coleman and Joel Feinberg, 2007). Full Text
Developments in the Law--DNA Evidence and the Criminal Defense, 108 Harvard Law Review 1557-82 (1995).
Moral Autonomy and Agent Centered Options, 51 Analysis 244-54 (1991). Full Text

Lectures, Replies and Remarks

A Worthy Object of Passion, 65 UCLA Law Review Discourse 254 (2016). Full Text
Must I Mean What You Think I Should Have Said?, 98 Virginia Law Review 159-76 (2012). Full Text
Reply to Critics, 97 Constitutional Commentary 417-38 (2011). Full Text
Methodology in Free Speech Theory, 97 Virginia Law Review 549-58 (2011). Full Text
Reparations for U.S. Slavery and Justice over Time, in Harming Future Persons (edited by David Wasserman and Melinda Roberts, Springer, 2009). Full Text
The Incentives Argument for Intellectual Property Protection, in Intellectual Property and Theories of Justice 94-105 (edited by A. Gosseries, A. Marciano & A. Strowel, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). Reprinted in IV Journal of Law, Philosophy, and Culture (2010). Full Text
Compelled Association, Morality & Market Dynamics, 41 Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 317 (2007). Full Text
Caution about Character Ideals and Capital Punishment: A Reply to Sorell, 21 Criminal Justice Ethics 35-39 (2002). Full Text


Protecting Minors and the First Amendment, 129(5) LA Daily Journal (June 1, 2016).
Book Review, 15 Harvard Woman's Law Journal 295-303 (1992). Reviewing Justice and the Politics of Difference, by Iris Marion Young.