June 13, 2012


James E. Fleming Nominated Vice President of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy

Professor James E. Fleming has been nominated to serve as vice president of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy (ASPLP), following his three-year term as editor of Nomos, the annual book of the ASPLP.

The ASPLP is a prestigious learned society founded in 1955 to bring together law scholars, political scientists and philosophers interested in exploring legal and political philosophy. Its main activities are an annual conference and the publication of the Nomos book series, based on the papers prepared for the conference. During his term as editor, Fleming organized or co-organized four ASPLP conferences and resulting books – Evolution and Morality, Getting to the Rule of Law, Passions and Emotions and Federalism and Subsidiarity. New York University Press publishes the books in the Nomos series.

“It has been a great honor and wonderful learning experience to serve as editor of the Nomos series. I have had the good fortune to publish work by a number of outstanding scholars in legal and political philosophy and to work with leaders in these fields through service on the ASPLP Council. I look forward to serving as vice president of the society” Fleming said.

Past officers of the ASPLP have included some of the most distinguished and accomplished scholars in political and legal philosophy, including John Rawls, Lon Fuller, and Judith Shklar. The outgoing vice President whom Fleming succeeds is another luminary, Jeremy Waldron. BU Professor of Law David Lyons is also a past vice president of the society.

In addition to his work with the ASPLP, Fleming has recently completed a new book, Ordered Liberty: Rights, Responsibilities, and Virtues, soon-to-be published by Harvard University Press and co-authored with his wife, fellow BU Law Professor Linda C. McClain.

Fleming is The Honorable Frank R. Kenison Distinguished Scholar in Law and Associate Dean for Research and Intellectual Life.

Reported by Chelsea Sheasley


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