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Prof. David Enoch Prof. David Enoch
The Rodney Blackman Chair in the Philosophy of Law, The Faculty of Law and the Philosophy Department
Phone:  +972-2-5882583
Fax:  +972-2-5823042
E-Mail:  david.enoch@mail.huji.ac.il
fields of interest:
Moral, Political, and Legal Philosophy.
Curriculum Vitae:

My CV, in PDF format

Academic Appointments

  • Fellow, the Institute for Advanced Studies, The Hebrew University (member of the research group on theoretical and practical rationality), September 2011 – February 2012.

  • Full Professor, Philosophy and Law, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2010 – present.

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy and Jacob I. Berman Associate Professor of Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2006-2010.

  • Harrington Fellow and Visiting Professor, the Law School and the Philosophy Department at the University of Austin, Texas, 2009-10.

  • Fellow, the Institute for Advanced Studies, The Hebrew University (coordinating the research group in metaethics), March-September 2008.

  • Visiting Professor, Columbia Law School, NYC, fall 2007 (co-teaching a seminar with Professor Joseph Raz).

  • Lecturer in Law and Lecturer in Philosophy, The Hebrew University, 2003-2006.

  • Adjunct Professor, The Hebrew University (Philosophy Department and Law School), Fall 2002.

  • Adjunct Professor, Tel Aviv University (Philosophy Department and Law School), Fall 2002.

  • Adjunct Professor, Rutgers University, Spring 2000.


  • Ph.D. in philosophy, New York University, May 2003.

  • B.A. in philosophy, Magna cum Laude, Tel Aviv University, March 1993.

  • LL.B. (in law), Tel Aviv University, March 1993.

Academic Honors and Awards

  • The Michael Bruno Memorial Award, 2012.

  • The Israel Science Foundation research grant, 2009-2013, "Reason-Giving, Authority, Democracy, and the Law".

  • The Cheshin Prize for Young Legal Scholar, Israel, 2009.

  • The Ben-Porath Prize for Young Researcher, the Hebrew University, 2006-7.

  • The Israel Science Foundation research grant, 2005-7, “Defense and Implications of Robust Metanormative Realism”.

  • The Zeltner Prize for Young Scholar, March 2005.

  • The Simon and Ethel Flag Grant for Exceptional Young Researchers, The Hebrew University, 2004-2006.

  • Lady Davis Doctoral Fellowship, The Hebrew University, 2002 – 2003.

  • Henry Mitchell MacCracken Fellowship, NYU, 1998-2003.

  • Fulbright Grant, 1998-2000.

  • Tel Aviv University Special Program for Excelling Students, 1990-1993.



Taking Morality Seriously: A Defense of Robust Realism (Oxford University Press, 2011).


  1. “Noncognitivism, Normativity and Belief: A Reply to Jackson”, Ratio XIV(2) (2001), 185-190.

  2. “Once You Start Using Slippery Slope Arguments, You’re on a Very Slippery Slope”, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 21(4) (2001), 629-647.

  3. “A Right to Violate One’s Duty”, Law and Philosophy 21 (2002), 355-384.

  4. (A revised version of this paper translated to Italian appeared in Ragion Pratica 24 (guigno 2005), 17-37.)

  5. “How Noncognitivists Can Avoid Wishful Thinking”, The Southern Journal of Philosophy 41 (4) (Winter, 2003), 527-545.

  6. “Whose Right Is It? Reflections on Harel’s Reflections on Palestinians’ Interests in Return”, 5 Theoretical Inquiries in Law (2004), 367-377.

  7. "Some Arguments against Conscientious Objection and Civil Disobedience Refuted", 36 Israel Law Review (2002) (published in 2004), 227-253.

  8. “On the Military Court’s Decision in the Matter of the Five Objectors”, 8(2) Mishpat Umimshal (Law and Government), 701-730. (In Hebrew).

  9. "Why Idealize?", Ethics 115(4) (2005), 759-787.

  10. “Agency, Shmagency: Why Normativity Won't Come from What is Constitutive of Agency”, Philosophical Review 115 (2006), 169-198.

  11. "Meaning and Justification: The Case of Modus Ponens" (co-authored with Joshua Schechter), Noûs 40(4) (2006), 687-715.

  12. “Ends, Means, Side-Effects, and Beyond: A Comment on the Justification of the Use of Force”, Theoretical Inquiries in Law 7(1), 43-57.

  13. “Epistemicism and Nihilism about Vagueness: What's the Difference?", Philosophical Studies 133(2) (2007), 285-311.

  14. “Taking Disagreement Seriously: Some Critical Comments on Jeremy Waldron’s Law and Disagreement”, The Israel Law Review 39 (2007), 22-35.

  15. “What’s the Difference between Terrorist Acts and Targeted Killings? A Thought on the Distinction between Intending and Foreseeing Harm to Innocents”, in Collateral Damage (The Israel Democracy Institute, 2007) (in Hebrew).

  16. "Intending, Foreseeing, and the State", Legal Theory 13 (2007), 69-99.

  17. "Rationality, Coherence, Convergence: A Critical Comment on Michael Smith's Ethics and the A Priori", Philosophical Books 48 (2007), 99-108.

  18. “An Outline of an Argument for Robust Metanormative Realism”, Oxford Studies in Metaethics 2 (2007), pp. 21-50.

  19. “How Are Basic Belief-Forming Methods Justified?”, co-authored with Joshua Schechter, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 76 (3) (2008), 547-579.

  20. “The Case against Moral Luck”, co-authored with Andrei Marmor, Law and Philosophy 26 (4) (2006), 405-436.

  21. “Luck between Morality, Law and Justice”, Theoretical Inquiries in Law 9 (2008), 23-59.

  22. "How Is Moral Disagreement a Problem for Realism?", The Journal of Ethics 13(1) (2009), 15.

  23. "Philosophical Discussion of and in the Law", co-authored with Alon Harel, Din Udvarim 4 (2008), 17-54 (in Hebrew).

  24. "More on the Conscience-Based Exemption from Military Service: A Reply to Dani Statman", 31 Iyunei Mishpat (the Tel Aviv Universtiy Law Review) (2009), 709-740 (in Hebrew).

  25. "Deontology, Individualism, and Uncertainty: A Reply to Jackson and Smith", co-authored with Ron Aboodi ad Adi Borer, The Journal of Philosophy 105(5) (2008).

  26. "On Estlund's Democratic Authority", Iyyun 58 (2009), 35-48.

  27. "Cognitive Biases and Moral Luck", co-authored with Ehud Guttel, The Journal of Moral Philosophy 7 (2010), 372-386.

  28. "Wouldn't It Be Nice If p, therefore p", Utilitas >21 (2009), 222-4.

  29. "The Epistemological Challenge to Metanormative Realism: How Best to Understand It, and How to Cope with It", Philosophical Studies 148 (2010), 413-438.

  30. "Can there be a Global, Interesting, Coherent Cosntructivism about Practical Reason?", Philosophical Explorations 12(3) (2009), 319-339.

  31. "Reason-Giving and the Law", Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Law 1 (2011), 1-38.

  32. "How Objectivity Matters", in Russ Shafer-Landau (ed.) Oxford Studies in Metaethics 5 (2010), 111-152.

  33. "Shmagency Revisited", New Waves in Metaethics (Michael Brady ed.) (2010), 208-233.

  34. "Moral Luck and the Law", Philosophy Compass 5 (2010), 42-54.

  35. “Not Just a Truthometer: Taking Oneself Seriously (But Not Too Seriously) in Cases of Peer Disagreement”, Mind, 119 (2011), 953-997.

  36. "Giving Practical Reasons", The Philosopher's Imprint 11(4) (2011), available online here: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=phimp;view=toc;idno=3521354.0011.004

  37. “Being Responsible, Taking Responsibility, and Penumbral Agency”, in Ulrike Heuer and Gerald Lang (eds.) Luck, Value and Commitment: Themes from the Ethics of Bernard Williams (Oxford University Press, 2012).

  38. "On Mark Schroeder's Hypotheticalism", The Philosophical Review 120 (2011), 423-446.

  39. "Authority and Reason-Giving", forthcoming in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.

  40. "Statistical Evidence, Sensitivity, and the Legal Value of Knowledge" (co-authored with Levi Spectre and Talia Fisher), Philosophy and Public Affairs 40 (2012), 197-224.


    Supervised Dissertations/Training of young Researchers

  • Yair Levi, finished MA studies (in philosophy) under my supervision, now pursuing doctorate studies at Oxford.

  • Shay Levi, finished MA studies (in law) under my co-supervision, now a doctoral student at the Hebrew University.

  • Tammy Harel Ben Schachar, PhD student in law (co-supervised).

  • Ofer Malcai, PhD student in law.

  • Dan Baras, PhD student in philosophy at Ben Gurion University (co-supervised).

  • Ron Aboodi, PhD student in philosophy at Hebrew University.

  • Dana Gur, PhD student in law

Additional Functions at the Hebrew University

  • Chair of Philosophy Department students-teachers committee, 2003-2005

  • Coordinator of Philosophy Department colloquium series, 2005-2007

  • Coordinator of Law School self-evaluation project, 2005

  • Coordinator of Law and Philosophy Forum, 2005-present (except for 2007-8 academic year).

  • Member of Law School Development and appointment Committee, 2006-present (intermittently)

  • Chair of Law School visiting professors' committee, 2009 – 2012.

  • Member of committee determining the future of the program in cognitive studies, fall 2011.

  • Chair of the philosophy department, 2012 – present.


Other Activities

  • Board member of Theoretical Inquiries in Law, 2005-2009

  • Board member for Law and Philosophy, 2009-present

  • Board member for Legal Theory, 2009-present

  • Board member for The International Encyclopedia of Ethics, 2009-present

  • Co-organizing conference on moral and legal luck, January 2007 at the Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University.

  • Founding co-editor, Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies, October 2008 – present.

  • Co-organizing a conference on uncertainty in morality and law, June 2011.


  • Referee for journals: Philosophers’ Imprint, Ethics, Mind, Philosophical Studies, Utilitas, Philosophia, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, Mishpatim, Iyyun, Israel Law Review, Law and Philosophy, Theoria, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy.

  • Referee (of entries) for The International Encyclopedia of Ethics.

  • Referee (of books) for Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Wiley-Blackwell, and the University of Haifa Press.

  • Referee of research proposals for the Israel Science Fund.

  • Referee of research group proposals for the Institute for Advanced Studies, Jerusalem.

Areas of Specialization

Moral , Political, and Legal Philosophy.

Areas of Competence

Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mathematics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind

Dissertation Title

A Defense of Robust Meta-Normative Realism

Dissertation Committee

Derek Parfit

Tom Nagel

Hartry Field

Main Page
Taking Morality Seriously (OUP 2011)
Curriculum Vitae
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