Thomas H. Morawetz

Tapping Reeve Professor of Law and Ethics

Legal philosopher and scholar Thomas H. Morawetz has taught at UConn Law since 1977, where his recent course offerings include Criminal Law, Contemporary Legal Theory, Law and Literature, and Jurisprudence. A graduate of Harvard College, Morawetz pursued his interests in law, literature and philosophy as a Fulbright Fellow at University College, Oxford, after which he earned an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in philosophy at Yale University, where he also earned his J.D. Prior to joining the Law School faculty, Professor Morawetz taught philosophy for several years at Yale, first as an assistant professor and then as an associate professor. His teaching experience also includes visiting professorships at the University of Southern California, Hastings College of Law, the University of San Diego, Exeter University in the U.K., Tilburg University in The Netherlands and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

A prolific writer, Professor Morawetz has authored or edited numerous books, including a collection of his essays on legal philosophy, Law’s Premises, Law’s Promise: Jurisprudence after Wittgenstein, and co-authored a casebook on criminal law. His latest book, Literature and the Law, and an accompanying teacher’s manual, were published in 2007. As part of the reissuance of the book in 2010, Morawetz recorded eight lectures for the publisher, Aspen. In addition, he has published more than 40 articles on criminal law, legal philosophy, philosophical epistemology, justice, law and language, professional responsibility and law and literature. Morawetz’s eclectic writings also include reviews of modern literature, mystery and fiction, as well as a forthcoming book on philosophy, psychology and film.

Stephen A. Saltzburg, John L. Diamond, Kit Kinports, Thomas H. Morawetz, and Rory K. Little, 2012 Supplement, Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (Lexis, 2012)
Thomas H. Morawetz, Confidentiality and Common Sense: Insights from Philosophy, Memorial Issue for Fred Zacharias, 48 San Diego L. Rev. 357 (2011)
Thomas H. Morawetz, Law and Literature A Companion to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, (2d ed., Wiley, 2010)
Thomas H. Morawetz, Results Don't Matter, But . . ., Criminal Law Conversations (2009)
Thomas H. Morawetz, Law and Language in Encyclopedia of Law and Society (Sage Publications, 2007)
Recent Faculty Notes
Thomas Morawetz's New Book Focuses on Self-Knowledge
Sep 28, 2018 -

Rowman & Littlefield has released "Knowing Self, Changing Self: The Interplay of Reality, Fantasy, and Friendship," by Professor Thomas Morawetz. The book, which reflects Morawetz's scholarship in philosophy, was co-written with mental health therapist Scotty Enyart. It considers how an individual's sense of identity develops less through introspection than through experiences with other people---and how identity is a work in progress throughout one’s life. Read more ... 

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