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NOMOS: American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy

NOMOS: American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy includes the Nomos series, launched in 1958 by the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy (ASPLP). This highly regarded series includes scholarly works from some of the most distinguished and accomplished scholars in political and legal philosophy. It is discoverable in the Law Journal Library with a two-year embargo, or from your HeinOnline homepage and its own collection.

About the NOMOS Series

In 1958, Harvard University Press published the first volume of NOMOS, the yearbook of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy. Nomos, from Ancient Greek, stands for the body of law governing human behavior, or the “spirit of the law” in Greek mythology.

Edited by Carl Friedrich, and entitled Authority, it began a series of annual volumes published or currently in production. These thematic collections have been staples of political and legal philosophical scholarship and, in many cases, have become the first place for scholars to turn to for any given theme. The essays continue to be a valuable resource for interdisciplinary research and undergraduate and graduate education.

NOMOS has published work by some of the leading political and legal theorists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, from a wide range of ideological and methodological perspectives. Notable authors include Danielle Allen, Hannah Arendt, Isaiah Berlin, Jon Elster, Richard Epstein, Lon Fuller, Jean Hampton, Catharine MacKinnon, Frank I. Michelman, Robert Nozick, Martha Nussbaum, Richard Posner, John Rawls, Nancy L. Rosenblum, Judith Shklar, Cass Sunstein, Jeremy Waldron, Michael Walzer, Sheldon Wolin, and Iris Marion Young.

Using the Database

Within the NOMOS database, users can utilize the search bar listed above the volumes or the Full Text tab for searching. For example, if you were researching pluralism in relation to religion, you could plug in the world pluralism into the search bar.

screenshot of search within NOMOS database

From the results page, choose “Religion and the Law” from the PathFinder Subjects facet on the left.

screenshot of PathFinder Subjects in NOMOS search results

Use the available MyHein options to organize your research or email selected results to a friend or colleague.

screenshot of search results in NOMOS highlighting MyHein options

Select an article to download it or view various citations formats. Be sure to check out the More Like This option, where we use natural language processing and machine learning tools to provide you with similar articles.

screenshot of document view in NOMOs

NOTE: Volumes 7-16 are available as indexing only, pending licensing.

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