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S. M. Love

Assistant Professor    

Dr. Love is an assistant professor of philosophy with a joint appointment at the College of Law. Love received her BA from Scripps College in 2008. She then received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2012. After law school, she studied philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, earning her Ph.D. in 2018.

Love’s primary research interests are in political and legal theory, where she aims to show that Immanuel Kant’s theory of right has a great deal to offer to contemporary discussions of political and legal theory. In addition, Love also studies Karl Marx’s treatment of capitalism. Her current research focuses on discussing economic and property systems within the framework of Kant’s theory of right. Love argues that the innate right to freedom, which serves as the foundation of Kant’s theory of right, both entails robust socioeconomic rights and is inconsistent with capitalism.