Andrei Marmor

Professor of Philosophy and Maurice Jones Jr. - Class of 1925 Professor of LawUSC Gould School of Law

Andrei Marmor
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Andrei Marmor is director of the USC Center for Law & Philosophy. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy, an on-line peer-reviewed journal in moral, political and legal philosophy.

A prolific author on issues concerning the relations between law morality and politics, Professor Marmor has written Interpretation and Legal Theory (Oxford University Press, 1992; Hart Publishing, 2005); Positive Law & Objective Values (Oxford University Press 2001); Law in the Age of Pluralism (Oxford University Press, 2007);  Social Conventions (Princeton University Press, 2009), Philosophy of Law (Princeton, 2011); and numerous journal articles.

Professor Marmor earned his B.A. and M.A. in philosophy, as well as his LL.B., from Tel Aviv University and earned his DPhil from Oxford University. He was a professor at Tel Aviv University, Israel, and taught as a visiting professor at several universities before joining the USC Law and Philosophy faculties in 2002.


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* The Language of Law, Oxford University Press (forthcoming, 2014).

* editor,  The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Law, Routledge Philosophy Companions, (2012)

* editor, with S. Soames, Philosophical Foundations of Language in the Law, Oxford University Press (2011) (Paperback ed. 2013).

* Philosophy of Law, The Princeton Foundations of Contemporary Philosophy Series, Princeton University Press (2011).

*  Social Conventions: from language to law, Princeton Monographs in Philosophy Series, Princeton University Press (2009).

* Law in the Age of Pluralism, Oxford University Press (2007). 

* Interpretation and Legal Theory: revised second edition, Hart Publishing (2005).

* Positive Law & Objective Values, Oxford University Press, (2001).

* editor,  Law and Interpretation:  Essays in Legal Philosophy, Oxford University Press, (1995) (paperback ed. 1997).

* Interpretation and Legal Theory, Oxford University Press, The Clarendon Law Series, (1992) (paperback ed. 1994). [out of print].


* Philosophy of Law, Chinese edition, forthcoming by Peking University Press (2014).

* Social Conventions: from language to law

            Chinese edition, forthcoming by CUPL Press, China (2014).
            Portuguese edition, forthcoming by Editoria Saraiva, Brazil (2014).

*Teoria Analytica del Derecho E Interpretacion Constitucional (eds. S. Ortega & J. Fabra), ARA Editores, Peru (2011) (Collection of essays translated by the eds.).

* Interpretation and Legal Theory, revised second ed, Chinese edition:  (Cheng Zhao-Yang trans.), CUPL press, China (2012).

* Law & Interpretation: essays in legal philosophy

            Portuguese Edition, (L.C. Borges trans.) Martins Fontes, (2000), Sao Paulo.
            Chinese Edition, Law Press, Beijing, China (2006). 

* Interpretation and Legal Theory (1st ed), Spanish Edition, (M. M. Hurtado trans.), Interpretacion y Teoria del Derecho Gedisa (2001), Barcelona. 

Contributions to Books

• "Introduction: Differences Amid Uniformity: Some Reflections on Legal Cultures," in Courts, Interpretation, The Rule of Law (Miodrag A. Jovanovic and Kenneth E. Himma, eds.) (Eleven International Publishing, 2014).

• 'Varieties of Vageuness in the Law", working paper, forthcoming in Handbook of Legal Reasoning, (Springer, 2013).

•  "Farewell to Conceptual Analysis (in Jurisprudence)," in Philosophical Foundations of The Nature of Law 209 (Waluchow & Sciaraffa eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2013).

•  "Can the Law Imply More than it Says? On some pragmatic aspects of strategic speech", in Philosophical Foundations of Language in the Law (Marmor & Soames eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2011), reprinted in La Judicatura (Sonora, Mexico) (L. Navarette trans.) (forthcoming).

•  "The Ideal of the Rule of Law," in the Blackwell Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory 666-674 (D. Patterson ed., 2nd ed.) (2010).

• ‘Should We Value Legislative Integrity?’ in The Least Examined Branch, The Role of Legislatures in the Constitutional State 125-138 (R. Bauman & T Kahana eds.) (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

• “Entitlement to Land and the Right of Return: An Embarrassing Challenge for Liberal Zionism,” in Justice in Time: Responding to Historical Injustice (L. Meyer, ed.) (Nomos, 2004).

• “The Intrinsic Value of Economic Equality,” in Rights, Culture, and the Law: Themes from the Legal and Political Philosophy of Joseph Raz (Lukas H. Meyer and others, eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2003).

• “Exclusive Legal Positivism,” in The Oxford Handbook of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law (Coleman and Shapiro, eds.) (2002).

• “An Essay on the Objectivity of Law,” in Analyzing Law: New Essays in Legal Theory (Brian Bix, ed.) (Oxford University Press, 1998).

• “Three Concepts of Objectivity,” in Law and Interpretation: Essays in Legal Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 1995).


• "Meaning and Belief in Constitutional Interpretation", New Originalism in Constitutional Law Symposium, 82 Fordham Law Review (2013), 577.

• "Truth in Law," 15 Law and Language, Current Legal Issues 45 (M. Freeman & F. Smith eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2013).

• 'Conventions Revisited: A Reply to Critics', 2(2) Jurisprudence, (2011), 493.

• 'An Institutional Conception of Authority,' 39(3) Philosophy & Public Affairs, (2011), 274.

• "The Dilemma of Authority," 2(1) Jurisprudence 121
Reprinted in 44 Anales de la Catedtra Francisco Suarez 149 (Granada, Spain) (M. Salguero trans.) (2010).

• "The Conventional Foundations of Law," reprinted in Law, Normativity and Conventions 143 (Hart Publishing, UK).

• “The Pragmatics of Legal Language,” 21 Ratio Juris 423 (2008).

• “What Does the Law Say? Semantics and Pragmatics in Statutory Language,’”(D. Canale and G. Tuzet eds.), Analisi e diritto 127 (2007).
Reprinted in Semantica del Derecho, Revista Juridica Estudiantil, Universidad de Sonora, Mexico, Ano 2/numero 12, 21.

• “Is Literal Meaning Conventional?” 27 Topoi 11-13 (2008).

• “Deep Conventions,” 74 Philosophy & Phenomenological Research 586-610 (2007).

• “How Law is Like Chess,” 12 Legal Theory 347-371 (2006).

• “The Case Against Moral Luck,” 26 Law & Philosophy 405-43 (2007) (with David Enoch).

• “Are Constitutions Legitimate?” 20 The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 69-94 (2007).
Reprinted in I Problema, Anuario de Filosofia y Teoria del Derecho, 73 (2007).

• “Legal Positivism: Still Descriptive and Morally Neutral,” 26 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 683-704 (2006).

• “The Immorality of Textualism,” in Theories of Statutory Interpretation, Symposium Issue, 38 Loyola Law Review 2063 (2005).

• “Authority, Equality, and Democracy.” 18 Ratio Juris 315-345 (2005).

• “On the Right to Private Property and Entitlement to One’s Income” (Symposium). 18 The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 69 (2005).

• “Should Like Cases Be Treated Alike?” 11 Legal Theory 37 (2005).

• “The Rule of Law and Limits,” 23 Law and Philosophy 1 (2004).

• “Do We Have a Right to Common Goods?” 14 The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 213 (2001).

• “Equality and Minority Cultures,” 3 Democratic Culture (2000).

• “The Separation Thesis and the Limits of Interpretation,” 12 The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 135 (1999).

• “Legal Conventionalism,” 4 Legal Theory 509 (1998). [Reprinted in Hart’s Postscript: Essays on the Postscript to “The Concept of Law” (Jules L. Coleman, ed.) (Oxford University Press, 2001).]

• “On the Limits of Rights,” 16 Law and Philosophy 1 (1997).

• “On Convention,” 107 Synthese 349 (1996).

• “Authorities and Persons,” 1 Legal Theory 337 (1995).

• “Three Concepts of Objectivity,” 19 Tel Aviv University Law Review 161 (1994).

• “Coherence, Holism, and Interpretation: The Epistemic Foundations of Dworkin’s Legal Theory,” 10 Law and Philosophy 383 (1991).

• “No Easy Cases?” 3 The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence 61 (1990). [Reprinted in Wittgenstein and Legal Theory (Dennis Patterson, ed.) (Westview Press 1992).

• “Right-Based Justification of Punishment.” 22 Israel Law Review 97 (1987).

Articles in Hebrew

• “Judicial Review in Israel.” 4 Mishpat Umimshal-- Law and Government in Israel 133 (1997).

• “On Legislative Authority and Unintentional Legislation: A Reply to Professor Waldron.” 21 Tel Aviv University Law Review 63 (1997).

• “On the Limits of Democracy: Israeli Politics in the Aftermath of Rabin’s Assassination.” The Yearbook on Israeli Law 1 (1996-1997).

• “Postcript to the Concept of Law.” 27 Mishpatim: The Hebrew University Law Review 91 (1996).

• “The Frozen Embryos of the Nachmani Couple: A Reply to Chaim Gans.” 19 Tel Aviv University Law Review 433 (1995).

• “Legislative Intent and the Authority of Law.” 16 Tel Aviv University Law Review 593 (1991).

Book Reviews

• Law and Disagreement and The Dignity of Legislation, by Jeremy Waldron. 112 Ethics 410 (January 2002).

Other Works

• “The Pure Theory of Law.” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (peer-reviewed web-based encyclopedia) (2002).

• “The Nature of Law.” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (peer-reviewed web-based encyclopedia) (2001).


Interpretation in Legal Theory. D.Phil. dissertation at Oxford University (Balliol College), 1990.