Emad H Atiq

eatiq[at]cornell[dot]edu

I am an Assistant Professor of Law & Philosophy at Cornell Law School and the Sage School of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell.

I received a PhD in philosophy from Princeton University, where my committee consisted of Gideon Rosen, Michael Smith, Sarah McGrath, and Philip Pettit. Before that, I was at Yale Law School, where I earned a JD, and prior to that I completed an Mphil in philosophy at the University of Cambridge. My BA, which was also at Princeton, was in economics and applied mathematics. You can view my CV here.

Research summary:

My work explores the nature and structure of normativity, and the connections between moral, legal, and epistemic norms. I defend a form of quasi-realist expressivism about normative thought and talk, and my published work to date includes papers on ethical supervenience (the precise upshot for expressivists); ground-theoretic attempts to distinguish quasi-realism from full-blooded realism about normative truth; and the ethical implications of expressivism. On the ties between the various species of normativity, I argue that legal and moral normativity are conceptually linked, and my published work in this area includes papers arguing that legal reasons are partly moral reasons, that there might be legal reasons to follow the law de dicto, as well as papers exploring the ethics of legal incentives, the convention-dependence of a legally significant class of normative facts, and the role of folk morality in law.

I have secondary research interests in general metaphysics, concerning metaphysical dependence, essence, and simple objectivism about the colors. My current project in this area offers an account of the nature of knowledge by perceptual acquaintance, and explores the significance of acquaintance knowledge for normative domains beyond the epistemic.

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