Theodore M. Benditt.Professor; Advisor, Philosophy & Law minor
Humanities Building 416
(205) 934-4083

Research and Teaching Interests: Political Philosophy, Legal Philosophy, and Ethics

Office Hours: T/TH 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.; and by appointment

  • BA, University of Pennsylvania, American Studies
  • JD, University of Pennsylvania
  • MA, University of Pennsylvania, Philosophy
  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Philosophy

Dr. Benditt was an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in American Studies and then went to Penn’s law school. During his time at law school he became interested in philosophy. After completing law school and being admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania he decided to pursue philosophy, and completed his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh. He taught at Duke University and the University of Southern California before coming to UAB.

Dr. Benditt has published two books and over 30 articles, including “Private Land Ownership and Its Limitations,” published in 2015.

He served as dean of UAB's School of Arts and Humanities from 1984 until 1998. He is currently the president of the Alabama chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America, and has published articles on Jane Austen.

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Ethics
  • “Acting in Concert or Going It Alone: Game Theory and the Law,” Law and Philosophy 23 (No. 6, November, 2004):615-30.
  • “Normality, Disease, and Enhancement,” in Establishing Medical Reality: Essays in the Metaphysics and Epistemology of Biomedical Science, Harold Kincaid and Jennifer McKitrick, eds. (Springer, 2007), 13-21.
  • “Revenge,” The Philosophical Forum 38 (No. 4, Winter 2007):357-63.
  • “Why Respect Matters,” The Journal of Value Inquiry 42 (No. 4, 2008):487-96.
  • “Private Land Ownership and Its Limitations,” Public Affairs Quarterly 29 (No. 3, July 2015):297-312.
  • Honors Council
  • University Honors Program