Dennis M.  Patterson

Dennis M. Patterson

Board of Governors Professor

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Law Office: E424
V: (856) 225-6369
F: (856) 969-7927

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Professor Patterson, who holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a J.D. from the University of Buffalo, writes in the fields of commercial law, trade law and legal philosophy. Professor Patterson has been awarded Senior Research grants from the Fulbright Commission, Humboldt Stiftung, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He was the 2005 holder of the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Law at Trento University. The author of numerous books and articles in both commercial law and legal philosophy, Professor Patterson has been a visiting professor at the universities of Berlin, Vienna, Texas and Georgetown.


Books:Blackwell Anthology in the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory (2003); Recht und Wahrheit (translation of Law and Truth) (Nomos Verlag 1999); An Introduction to Commercial Law (West Publishing 1999) (with Richard Hyland); Introduction to The Philosophy of Law (Oxford University Press 1999) (with Jefferson White); Law and Truth, (Oxford University Press 1996). General Editor, Blackwell Companion to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory (Blackwell 1996). Editor, Postmodernism and Law (Dartmouth and New York University Press (1994)Editor, Wittgenstein and Legal Theory (Westview Press 1992)Good Faith and Lender Liability (Butterworths 1990)

Recent Articles: Review of Philip Bobbitt, The Shield of Achilles, Michigan Law Review (2003); Fashionable Nonsense, 81 Texas Law Review 841 (2003) (Review Essay)(Reviewing: Vincent Descombes, The Mind's Provisions: A Critique of Cognitivism, Princeton University Press (Stephen A. Schwartz, trans., 2001); Anthony G. Amsterdam & Jerome E. Bruner, Minding The Law, Harvard University Press (2000); Steven L. Winter, A Clearing In The Forest, Law, Life and Mind, University of Chicago Press (2001)).

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