Amos Espeland

Amos is a Ph.D. candidate in Stanford’s Philosophy Department and a J.D. student at Stanford Law School. He earned a B.A. in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

He researches ancient Greek philosophy and modern legal and political philosophy. His dissertation examines the role of law in Plato’s ethical and political philosophy and assesses Plato’s influence on subsequent legal theory. Recently, he has written on ancient Greek penology and legal ethics in the context of third-party liability insurance defense. Currently, he is researching the implications of a rejection of deontological theories of moral value for political philosophy and, in particular, whether virtue ethics can provide a normative foundation for a political philosophy that is consistent with liberal notions of human dignity and individual autonomy.