Top Legal Scholar Richard Allen Posner to Speak About Greek Philosophy and More

Richard Allen Posner, the most cited legal scholar of the 20th century, will discuss the influence of Greek philosophers, Aristotle in particular, on America’s founders, laws, and institutions, at the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago.


COURTESY National Hellenic Museum
COURTESY National Hellenic Museum


The Honorable Richard Allen Posner

Richard Allen Posner is an influential legal theorist, judge, author, and senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. He helped found the law and economics movement, which argues that the primary goal of law should be outcomes that are economically sensible and efficient rather than “just.”


Judge Posner was the founding editor of the “Journal of Legal Studies” and the “American Law and Economics Review,” and has written a number of books, including ones on the Clinton impeachment and Bush vs. Gore. Throughout his career, he has received honorary degrees from leading American and foreign universities, along with a number of awards, most recently the Ronald H. Coase Medal from the American Law and Economics Association.


This leading authority in the field of law has written a number of books, including Economic Analysis of Law (9th ed., 2014); The Economics of Justice (1981); Law and Literature (3rd ed. 2009); The Problems of Jurisprudence (1990); Cardozo: A Study in Reputation (1990); The Essential Holmes (1992); Sex and Reason (1992); Overcoming Law (1995); The Federal Courts: Challenge and Reform (1996); Law and Legal Theory in England and America (1996);The Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory (1999); Antitrust Law (2d ed. 2001); Law, Pragmatism, and Democracy (2003); Catastrophe: Risk and Response (2004);Preventing Surprise Attacks: Intelligence Reform in the Wake of 9/11 (2005); How Judges Think (2008); A Failure of Capitalism: The Crisis of ’08 and the Descent into Depression (2009); The Crisis of Capitalist Democracy (2010); The Behavior of Federal Judges: A Theoretical and Empirical Study of Rational Choice (coauthored with Lee Epstein and William M. Landes) (2013); and Reflections on Judging (2013). He also wrote books on the Clinton impeachment and Bush v. Gore and many articles in legal and economic journals and book reviews in the popular press.

The event

National Hellenic Museum Executive Director Elizabeth Martin spoke about this a important discussion.


“It’s a timely reminder of democracy’s roots during this presidential election year.  Judge Posner is one of our country’s most acclaimed and influential legal scholars. It’s such a gift to have him here to offer his keen insight into the enduring impact of the great philosophers of Ancient Greece.”


Part of a Celebration of History at Culture at NHM

On the occasion of its partnership to present “The Greeks” along with The Field Museum, the National Hellenic Museum offers a rich cultural program of exhibitions, events, and activities showcasing the enduring universal relevance of Greek history and culture in collaboration with eminent scholars and cultural institutions from around the country and abroad.

This event will take place on Thursday, January 28, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Tickets are free for students, $15 per person, $10 for members. The National Hellenic Museum is located at 333 S. Halsted Street in Chicago’s Greektown. 312.655.1234


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