James Murphy

Dartmouth College


James Murphy is Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, where he has taught since 1990. After being graduated from Yale College in 1980, he earned a Master’s in City Planning from M.I.T. and worked as a city planner in the City of New York. His Ph.D. in Philosophy and Political Science is from Yale University (1990). His research interests include: Aristotle, jurisprudence, semiotics, political economy, philosophy of education, and political theology. In 2008, Professor Murphy founded the Daniel Webster Project at Dartmouth College to provide greater structure and focus for the liberal arts experience. The Webster Project sponsors conferences and lectures as well as proposals for curricular reform. He has published three books: The Moral Economy of Labor: Aristotelian Themes in Economic Theory and The Philosophy of Positive Law, both with Yale University Press; and The Philosophy of Customary Law with Oxford University Press. Professor Murphy’s most recent book manuscripts are A Genealogy of Violence: René Girard in Dialogue and Humanhood: Beyond Childhood and Adulthood.