John Mikhail

Georgetown University Law Center

Agnes N. Williams Research Professor

600 New Jersey Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20001

United States

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1.

Universal Moral Grammar: Theory, Evidence, and the Future

Trends in Cognitive Sciences, April 2007, Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 954398
Number of pages: 10 Posted: 02 Jan 2007 Last Revised: 08 Aug 2017
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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moral cognition, moral intuition, moral grammar, universal grammar, universal moral grammar, deontic logic, poverty of the stimulus, Socratic method, trolley problem, battery, double effect, descriptive adequacy, act tree, Chomsky, Marr, Greene, Haidt, Sunstein, legal theory, intuitive jurisprudence

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Rawls' Linguistic Analogy: A Study of the 'Generative Grammar' Model of Moral Theory Described by John Rawls in 'A Theory of Justice.' (Phd Dissertation, Cornell University, 2000)

Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 766464
Number of pages: 388 Posted: 28 Jul 2005 Last Revised: 04 May 2009
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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Rawls, Chomsky, Piaget, Kohlberg, Foot, Thomson, Hare, Singer, Nagel, Dworkin, moral psychology, metaethics, deontic logic, cognitive science, trolley problem, jurisprudence, moral grammar, human rights

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Moral Grammar and Intuitive Jurisprudence: A Formal Model of Unconscious Moral and Legal Knowledge

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING AND MOTIVATION: MORAL COGNITION AND DECISION MAKING, D. Medin, L. Skitka, C. W. Bauman, D. Bartels, eds., Vol. 50, Academic Press, 2009, Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 1163422
Number of pages: 74 Posted: 23 Jul 2008 Last Revised: 29 Dec 2008
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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cognitive science, moral grammar, moral heuristics, intuitive jurisprudence, legal realism, legal formalism, appraisal theory, deontic logic, tort, battery, negligence, Hand Formula, calculus of risk, unconscious inference, Kant, Savigny, Brentano, Frege, Bentham, Mill, Goldman, Terry

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Aspects of the Theory of Moral Cognition: Investigating Intuitive Knowledge of the Prohibition of Intentional Battery and the Principle of Double Effect

Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 762385, Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 762385
Number of pages: 129 Posted: 27 Jul 2005
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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Moral cognition, moral intuition, trolley problem, battery, double effect, linguistic analogy, universal grammar, moral grammar, Chomsky, Kohlberg, Piaget, Greene

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Law, Science, and Morality: A Review of Richard Posner's 'the Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory'

Stanford Law Review, Vol. 54, p. 1057, 2002, Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 877011, Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 877011
Number of pages: 72 Posted: 24 Jan 2006
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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moral theory, legal theory, cognitive science, human rights, pragmatism, Quill, Glucksberg, Posner, Dworkin, Rawls, Chomsky, Thomson

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The Definition of 'Emolument' in English Language and Legal Dictionaries, 1523-1806

Number of pages: 159 Posted: 01 Jul 2017 Last Revised: 13 Jul 2017
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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The Poverty of the Moral Stimulus

MORAL PSYCHOLOGY, THE EVOLUTION OF MORALITY, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, ed., Vol. 1, MIT Press, Forthcoming, Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 896388
Number of pages: 12 Posted: 19 Apr 2006
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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moral cognition, moral intuition, moral grammar, universal grammar, nativism, innate, jurisprudence, crime, tort, contract, agency, human rights, Locke, Hume, Rawls, Chomsky, Fodor

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Moral Grammar and Human Rights: Some Reflections on Cognitive Science and Enlightenment Rationalism

UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL ACTION, PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS, Ryan Goodman, Derek Jinks, & Andrew K. Woods, eds., Oxford University Press, 2012, Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 11-124
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 09 Sep 2011 Last Revised: 08 Nov 2012
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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human rights, cognitive science, experimental philosophy, Enlightenment rationalism, moral grammar, international law, relativism, moral intuitions, Ignatieff, Rorty, Ryle, MacIntyre, Freud, Durkheim, Sumner, Benedict, Posner, Bork, Holmes, Chomsky, De Waal, Grotius, Aristotle

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Islamic Rationalism and the Foundation of Human Rights

PLURALISM AND LAW: Proceedings of the 20th IVR Congress, Arend Soeteman, ed., Global Problems, Vol. 3, pp. 61-70, March 2005, Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 777026
Number of pages: 11 Posted: 05 Aug 2005
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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Human rights, rationalism, nativism, empiricism, deontic logic, natural liberty, practical reason, Mutazilite, Abd' al-Jabbar, Hourani, Aquinas, Ockham, Suarez, Leibniz, Langdell

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Emotion, Neuroscience, and Law: A Comment on Darwin and Greene

Emotion Review, Forthcoming, Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 11-26
Number of pages: 3 Posted: 14 Feb 2011 Last Revised: 26 Oct 2012
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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emotion, neuroscience, law, intuition, computation, rules, crime, tort, battery, rape, murder, Darwin, Kant, Spencer, Greene

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Moral Cognition and Computational Theory

MORAL PSYCHOLOGY: THE NEUROSCIENCE OF MORALITY, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, ed., Vol. 3, MIT Press, Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 1029511
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 13 Nov 2007
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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Marr, Greene, Haidt, Chomsky, Bentham, moral cognition, moral grammar, computational theory, trolley problem, deontic judgment, deontic logic, act tree, battery

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Review of Patricia S. Churchland, 'Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality'

Ethics, Vol. 123, No. 2, 2013, Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 13-007
Number of pages: 3 Posted: 29 Dec 2012 Last Revised: 20 Sep 2014
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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Churchland, Darwin, Hume, Aristotle, Plato, morality, nativism, epistemology, computation, rules, neurobiology, care, attachment, norms, genes, evolution

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Rawls' Concept of Reflective Equilibrium and its Original Function in 'A Theory of Justice'

Washington University Jurisprudence Review, Vol. 3, p. 1, 2010, Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 11-103
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 21 Jul 2011 Last Revised: 27 Jul 2011
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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reflective equilibrium, legal theory, moral theory, law and psychology

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Moral Heuristics or Moral Competence? Reflections on Sunstein

Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 28, No. 4, pp. 557-558, 2005, Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 879827, Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 879827
Number of pages: 2 Posted: 31 Jan 2006
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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Sunstein, Rawls, heuristics, moral heuristics, moral competence, mental representation, trolley problem, cognitive science, human rights

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Chomsky and Moral Philosophy

The Cambridge Companion to Chomsky (J. McGilvray, ed., 2nd edition), Forthcoming
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 09 Apr 2016 Last Revised: 02 Jul 2017
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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Chomsky, Plato, Cicero, Aquinas, Grotius, Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Leibniz, Hume, Kant, Darwin, Wittgenstein, Williams, Kripke, moral competence, moral grammar, Universal Grammar, UG, UMG, mentalism, modularity, nativism, poverty of the stimulus, conscience, synderesis, conscientia, natural law

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Is the Prohibition of Homicide Universal? Evidence from Comparative Criminal Law

Symposium, Brooklyn Law Review, Forthcoming, Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 10-21
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 23 Mar 2010 Last Revised: 16 Apr 2010
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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moral universals, homicide, comparative law, universal jurisprudence, cognitive science, anthropology, evolutionary psychology, justification, excuse, mens rea, intent, self-defense, necessity, insanity, duress, provocation, moral grammar, human rights

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'Plucking the Mask of Mystery from its Face': Jurisprudence and H.L.A. Hart

Georgetown Law Journal, Vol. 95, p. 733, 2007, Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 978307
Number of pages: 47 Posted: 05 Apr 2007
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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Hart, Lacey, Bentham, Austin, Devlin, Goodhart, Wittgenstein, Chomsky, Rawls, Ryle, Quine, jurisprudence, philosophy, linguistics, cognitive science, legal positivism, empiricism, moral grammar, universal grammar, universal jurisprudence, human rights

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The Constitution and the Philosophy of Language: Entailment, Implicature, and Implied Powers

Virginia Law Review, Vol. 101, No. 4, 2015
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 24 May 2015 Last Revised: 11 Jun 2015
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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James Wilson, Charles Beard, James Madison, Gouverneur Morris, Paul Grice, constitution, implication, implicature, entailment, semantics, pragmatics, implied powers, enumerated powers, preamble, vesting clause, necessary and proper clause, sweeping clause, tenth amendment, originalism

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The Necessary and Proper Clauses

Georgetown Law Journal, Vol. 102, No. 4, 2014
Number of pages: 75 Posted: 18 Mar 2014 Last Revised: 20 Mar 2014
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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James Wilson, Gouverneur Morris, Robert Morris, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Marshall, James Madison, Edmund Randolph, John Rutledge, necessary and proper, implied powers, inherent powers, enumerated powers, sweeping clause, Virginia Plan, Committee of Detail, Committee of Style

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Scottish Common Sense and Nineteenth-Century American Law: A Critical Appraisal

Law and History Review, Vol. 26, No. 1, Spring 2008, Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 1076702
Number of pages: 9 Posted: 19 Dec 2007 Last Revised: 25 Apr 2008
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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Common Sense, Scottish Enlightenment, moral agent, legal responsibility, common law, medical jurisprudence, insanity, moral faculty, Thomas Reid, Benjamin Rush, James Wilson, David Hoffman, Francis Wayland, Noah Porter, Isaac Ray, Jeremy Bentham, John Austin, John Locke, Adam Ferguson

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Any Animal Whatever? Harmful Battery and its Elements as Building Blocks of Moral Cognition

Ethics, Vol. 124, 2014
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 03 Mar 2014 Last Revised: 06 Mar 2014
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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New Perspectives on Moral Cognition: Reply to Zimmerman, Enoch, and Chemla, Egré & Schlenker

Jersusalem Review of Legal Studies (Forthcoming)
Number of pages: 49 Posted: 17 Jul 2013 Last Revised: 10 Oct 2013
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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The Free Exercise of Religion: An American Perspective

EIN NEUR KAMPF DER RELIGIONEN? STAAT, RECHT UND RELIGIOSE TOLERANZ, Matthias Mahlmann and Hubert Rottleuthner, eds., Duncker & Humboldt, Berlin, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 12 Sep 2007
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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religion, religious liberty, free exercise, accommodation, Reynolds, Cantwell, Sherbert, Yoder, Smith, Lukumi, Islamic, Muslim, headscarf, laicite, RFRA, hybrid, free expression, neutrality, anti-discrimination

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The Mental Representation of Human Action

Cognitive Science, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 82 Posted: 03 Mar 2018 Last Revised: 02 Jul 2018
Sydney Levine, Alan Leslie and John Mikhail
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Rutgers University, New Brunswick and Georgetown University Law Center
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Moral Judgment, Act Trees, Moral Grammar, Human Action, Intention

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Dilemmas of Cultural Legality: A Comment on Roger Cotterrell's 'The Struggle for Law' and a Criticism of the House of Lords' Opinions in Begum

International Journal of Law in Context, Vol. 4, pp. 385-393, 2009, Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 1506242
Number of pages: 10 Posted: 15 Nov 2009 Last Revised: 18 Nov 2009
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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human rights, civil liberties, religious freedom, discrimination, Shabina Begum, Edward Said, Lon Fuller, Patricia Williams, Islamic headscarf, autonomy, equality, orientalism

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James Wilson, Early American Land Companies, and the Original Meaning of 'Ex Post Facto Laws'

Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2019
Number of pages: 66 Posted: 25 Mar 2019
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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A Tale of Two Sweeping Clauses

Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 12 Posted: 13 Jul 2018 Last Revised: 29 Jul 2018
John Mikhail
Georgetown University Law Center
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Presumed Innocent? How Tacit Assumptions of Intentional Structure Shape Moral Judgment

Journal of Experimental Psychology: General (Forthcoming)
Number of pages: 73 Posted: 10 Jul 2018 Last Revised: 17 Oct 2018
Sydney Levine, John Mikhail and Alan Leslie
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Georgetown University Law Center and Rutgers University, New Brunswick
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moral development, moral cognition, moral grammar, theory of mind, intention inference, goal inference, presumption of innocence, prior knowledge, core knowledge, infant cognition, double effect, mens rea, trolley problem