Friday, August 4, 2017
As the summer heat continues, my thoughts turn to the fall, when I shall begin to visit Columbia University. On October 6th, I deliver my inaugural address, so to speak, at the Heyman Center for the Humanities. I have just reconnected with an old student of mine who is now a very senior professor at Columbia Law School. In looking to see what he teaches, I noticed that Joseph Raz teaches one semester a year in the Law School. Wouldn't it be fun to meet him and maybe do something together! My former student, Andrjez Rapaczynski, is the only student I have ever had whose unanswerable question during a lecture forced me to rewrite a lecture and deliver it a second time. Needless to say, he earned an A+. Andrzej did a doctorate in philosophy before getting his law degree. My favorite story about him is that when he started teaching at the law school, he was assigned a course on property, a standard law school subject. Instead of talking about leases and property transfers and whatever, he lectured on Locke's theory of property! I am looking forward to seeing him again when I start going to Morningside Heights.