Emad H Atiq


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. 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 primary research lies in meta-ethics and philosophy of law. In meta-ethics, I defend a heterodox version of quasi-realist expressivism about normative thought and talk. The view is distinctive in its commitments concerning normative supervenience, expressivism's ethical implications, the precise relationship between normative judgment and motivation, and what distinguishes quasi-realism from realism about normativity. The view is motivated based on considerations in moral epistemology. In philosophy of law, I apply the results of meta-normative investigation to practical legal problems. I argue that meta-normative theorizing is crucial for understanding legal rules in American common and constitutional law, including rules govering the differential treatment of normative questions in contract law and tort law, the classification of normative questions that arise at trial as factual, and the scope of juridical obligations to follow the law. I have written, also, on the ethics of legal incentives and the influence of folk metaphysics in criminal law.

I have secondary research interests in general metaphysics, concerning metaphysical dependence, essence, and simple objectivism about the colors.


Work in Progress:


If you would like to watch a video recording of a lecture I gave for an introductory course in Metaphysics & Epistemology at Princeton University, as an example of my teaching, you can watch the video here.

If you're interested in my teaching evaluations, click here. The downloadable file includes all the comments and feedback I've received from students to date. It is not a curated list of greatest hits.

Upcoming courses (Fall 2018):