Anthony T. Kronman

Sterling Professor of Law

J.D., Yale Law School, 1975

Ph.D. (Philosophy), Yale University, 1972

B.A., Williams College, 1968

Courses Taught
  • Constitutional Law
  • Law and Religion
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Contracts
Anthony T. Kronman

Anthony Kronman is Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School. A former Dean of Yale Law School, Professor Kronman teaches in the areas of contracts, bankruptcy, jurisprudence, social theory, and professional responsibility. Before coming to Yale, he taught at the University of Chicago. Among his books are Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life, Max Weber, Contracts: Cases and Materials (with F. Kessler and G. Gilmore), Lost Lawyer, and Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan. His latest book, After Disbelief: On Disenchantment, Disappointment, Eternity, and Joy, was published by Yale University Press in 2022. Professor Kronman received his B.A. from Williams College, and his Ph.D. in Philosophy and J.D. from Yale.


Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan (Yale, 2016)

Education's End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life Education's End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life (Yale University Press, 2007)


The Lost Lawyer (Harvard, Belknap Press, 1993)


Cases and Materials on Contract Law (with Friedrich Kessler and Grant Gilmore (Little, Brown & Co., 1986)

Max Weber (Stanford, 1983)

The Economics of Contract Law (with Richard Posner) (Little, Brown, & Co., 1978)


The Democratic Soul, in Democratic Vistas (ed. with Jedediah Purdy and Cynthia Farrar) (Yale, 2004)

The Mystery of the "But" 110 Yale Law Journal 893 (2001)

Tribute to Joseph Goldstein 19 Yale Law & Policy Review 33 (2000)

Is Diversity a Value in American Higher Education? 52 Florida Law Review 861 (2000)

The Law as a Profession, in Ethics in Practice: Lawyers' Roles, Responsibilities, and Regulation (Deborah L. Rhode ed., 2000)

Is Poetry Undemocractic? 16 Georgia State University Law Review 311 (1999)

Professionalism 2 Journal of the Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics 89 (1999)

Rhetoric (Robert S. Marx Lecture) 67 U. of Cincinnati Law Review 677 (1999)

The Law as a Profession 49 Journal of Legal Education 50 (1999)

The Erotic Politician, 10 Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities 363 (1998)

The Value of Moral Philosophy, 111 Harvard Law Review 1751 (1998)

Chapman University School of Law Groundbreaking Ceremony,1 Chapman Law Review 1 (1998)

On Making Lawyers Truly Officers of the Court 6 The Responsive Community, 40 (1996)

Leontius' Tale, in Law Stories 54 (Peter Brooks and Paul Gewirtz eds., 1996)

The Fault in Legal Ethics, 100 Dickinson L. Rev. 489 (1996)

Civility (Ray Rushton Distinguished Lecturer Series), 26 Cumberland L. Rev., 727 (1995-96)

The Second Driker Forum for Excellence in the Law, 42 Wayne L. Rev. , 115 (1995)

Amor Fati (The Love of Fate), 45 U. of Toronto L.J. (1995)

My Senior Partner, 104 Yale L.J., 2129 (1995)

Response to Natalie Davis, 5 Yale J. of Criticism, 179 (1991).

Precedent and Tradition, 99 Yale L.J. 1029 (1990)

A Comment on Dean Clark, 89 Colum. L. Rev. 1748 (1989)

Jurisprudential Responses to Legal Realism, 73 Cornell L. Rev. 335 (1988)

Living in the Law, 34 U. Chi. L. Rev. 835 (1987)

Practical Wisdom & Professional Character, 4 Soc. Phil. & Pol. 203 (1986)

The Problem of Judicial Discretion, 36 J. of Leg. Educ. 481 (1986)

Alexander Bickel's Philosophy of Prudence, 94 Yale L.J. 1567 (1985)

Paternalism and the Law of Contracts, 92 Yale L.J. 763 (1983)

What Grant Gilmore Taught, 92 Yale L.J. 6 (1982)

Contract as Promise (Book Review), 91 Yale L.J. 404 (1981)

Foreword: Legal Scholarship and Moral Education, 90 Yale L.J. 955 (1981)

Talent Pooling, XXIII NOMOS 58 (1981)

The Concept of an Author and the Unity of the Commonwealth in Hobbes' Leviathan, XVIII J. of the Hist. of Phil. 159 (1980)

The Privacy Exemption to the Freedom of Information Act, 9 J. Leg. Stud. 727 (1980)

Wealth Maximization as a Normative Principle, 9 J. Leg. Stud. 227 (1980)

Contract Law and Distributive Justice, 89 Yale L.J. 472 (1980)

Secured Financing and Priorities Among Creditors, 88 Yale L.J. 1143 (1979) (with Thomas Jackson)

Aristotle's Idea of Political Fraternity, Amer. J. of Juris. 114 (1979)

Specific Performance, 45 U. Chi. L. Rev. 351 (1978)

Mistake, Information, Disclosure and the Law of Contracts, 7 J. Leg. Stud. 1 (1978)

The Teaching of Jurisprudence in American Law Schools, U. Chi. Law School Record (1977)

Knowledge and Politics (Book Review), 61 Minn. L. Rev. 167 (1976)

Voidable Preferences and Protection of the Expectation Interest, 60 Minn. L. Rev. 971 (1976) (with Thomas Jackson)

The Treatment of Security Interests in After-Acquired Property under the Proposed Bankruptcy Act, 124 U. Pa. L. Rev. 110 (1975)

A Plea for the Financing Buyer, 85 Yale L.J. 1 (1975) (with Thomas Jackson)

Hart, Austin, and the Concept of Legal Sanctions, 84 Yale L.J.584 (1975)