Scott Hershovitz is the Thomas G. and Mabel Long Professor of Law and a professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan. He directs Michigan’s Law and Ethics Program and is a co-editor of the journal Legal Theory.
Hershovitz is interested in philosophical questions related to law. He writes about the nature of law, the obligation to obey the law, the rule of law, and authority, among other topics. He also writes about tort law; his work has focused on the ways that damages do (and don’t) right wrongs. Harvard University Press will publish his book about jurisprudence, Law Is a Moral Practice, in 2023.
Before joining the faculty at Michigan, Hershovitz was an attorney-adviser on the appellate staff of the Civil Division of the US Department of Justice. His publications include “The Search for a Grand Unified Theory of Tort Law” (Harvard Law Review, 2017), "The End of Jurisprudence" (Yale Law Journal, 2015), "The Model of Plans and the Prospects for Positivism" (Ethics, 2014), and "Harry Potter and the Trouble with Tort Theory" (Stanford Law Review, 2010). He also wrote about Taylor Swift for The New York Times, where he occasionally publishes op-eds on philosophy.
"Vindicating Criminal Law"
Nasty, Brutish, and Short: Adventures in Philosophy with My Kids
"From Personal Life to Private Law: The Jurisprudence of John Gardner"
"Wrongs Without Rights"
- Human Rights