Former Visiting Professors

Andrew J. Cohen 

Georgia State University

Andrew Jason Cohen is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Founding Coordinator of the Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Georgia State University. He is the author of Toleration and Freedom from Harm: Liberalism Reconceived (Routledge, 2018) and Toleration (Polity, 2014) as well as articles in journals like Ethics, The Canadian Journal of Philosophy, and in new reference works like The International Encyclopedia of Ethics and The Cambridge Companion to Liberalism.  Increasingly, he is looking at toleration (or the lack thereof) in our system of criminal law and in business ethics.  He also blogs at

(CV and papers available at

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Heidi Hurd 

University of Illinois College of Law

Heidi M. Hurd is the Ross and Helen Workman Chair in Law and Professor of Phliosophy at the University of Illinois, where she is also the Co-Director of the Illinois Program in Law and Philosophy. 

A scholar and teacher in the areas of criminal law, torts, environmental law, environmental ethics, and moral, legal, and political philosophy, Heidi M. Hurd was a visiting professor at GISME in the Spring of 2016.  She spent the first twelve years of her career as an Assistant, Associate, and then full Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and as the co-Founder and Director of the University of Pennsylvania Institute for Law and Philosophy. While at Penn, she was also a Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia Law School and the University of Iowa Philosophy Department and she spent several summers teaching law and political theory in Hungary, Germany, and Ukraine.  Professor Hurd spent two years as the Herzog Research Professor of Law and co-Director of the Institute for Law and Philosophy at the University of San Diego Law School before becoming the eleventh Dean at the University of Illinois College of Law’s from 2002-2007.  

Professor Hurd has written numerous anthologized book chapters, peer-reviewed philosophical essays, and articles that have appeared in the nation’s top law journals, including the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the University of Chicago Legal Forum, Law and Philosophy, and Legal Theory, among many others.  She is the author of Moral Combat (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and the editor of Moral Puzzles and Legal Perplexities (Cambridge University Press, 2018).  With her Illinois Law colleague Ralph Brubaker, she has a contract with Oxford University Press for a book on the moral underpinnings of personal bankruptcy entitled The Virtue of Bankruptcy.  She has given over 150 lectures and paper presentations across the United States, Canada, the U.K., Europe, Central America, and South America, as well as at universities in the Middle East, Africa, East Asia, and Australia, and she has provided testimony before the United States House Committee on the Judiciary on proposed criminal legislation.  

 Professor Hurd received a B.A. (Hon.) from Queen’s University (Canada), an M.A. in Philosophy from Dalhousie University (Canada), a J.D. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Southern California, and a mid-career M.E.M. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. 

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David Schmidtz

University of Arizona

David Schmidtz ( is Kendrick Professor of Philosophy (College of Social & Behavioral Sciences), Eller Chair of Service-Dominant Logic (College of Management), founding Director of the Center for Philosophy of Freedom, founder of the Department of Political Economy & Moral Sciences, and editor in chief of Social Philosophy & Policy, at the University of Arizona.  

                                Loren Lomasky

                                            University of Virginia

Professor Loren Lomasky is the Cory Professor of Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law at the University of Virginia. He is best known for his work in moral and political philosophy. He is the author of Persons, Rights, and the Moral Community (Oxford University Press, 1987) and the co-author with Geoffrey Brennan of Democracy and Decision: The Pure Theory of Electoral Preference (Cambridge University Press, 1993), among other works. He has had research appointsments at the Center for the Study of Public Choice, the Australian National University, and Bowling Green's Social Philosophy and Policy Center.