What is PLUSS 2020?
“The places where the law does not go,” Mari Matsuda tells us, “have tended to be the places where women, children, people of color, and poor people live.” Originally from her 1989 article, “Public Responses to Racist Speech,” Matsuda’s claim continues to finds traction in the philosophy of law.
Hosted by Cornell University's Sage School of Philosophy, the Philosophy of Law Undergraduate Summer School is a week-long summer program aiming to bring insights from the philosophy of law into conversation with the lived experiences of historically marginalized groups.
Topics to be discussed include the devaluation of Black bodies in the law, legal regulation of Arab bodies post- 9/11, undocumented migration and border detention centres, the (un)equal standing of women and gender minorities in the law, and the effective erasure of disabled bodies.
Who can Apply?
We welcome applications from members of historically marginalized groups interested in pursuing graduate studies in legal, political, or social philosophy. Applicants should be advanced undergraduate philosophy students, advanced undergraduate students pursuing related degrees with significant philosophical training, or master's students in philosophy. Applicants should additionally be comfortably versed in at least one or more of the following areas:
1/ Legal Philosophy
2/ Moral Philosophy
3/ Social Philosophy
4/ Political Philosophy
5/ Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Race, Critical Disability Studies, and other Critical Philosophies
PLUSS 2020 does not discriminate on account of citizenship and/or legal documentation. We welcome applications from students of any nation, documented or otherwise.