Charles Collier

Charles W. Collier

Affiliate Professor of Philosophy

Mailing Address:
Box #117625 Gainesville, FL 32611


(352) 273-0965

(352) 392-3005


J.D., Stanford University Ph.D., Yale University DAAD Fellow, Universität Heidelberg M.Phil., Yale University M.A., Yale University B.A., Reed College

Teaching and Scholarship

Jurisprudence and Legal Theory, Constitutional Law, Law and Humanistic Theory, First Amendment Law, Law and the Philosophy of Language.

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law faculty as Assistant Professor of Law in 1986. Named Associate Professor (1989), Professor of Law (1992), and Affiliate Professor of Philosophy (1994).
  • Previous Educational Experience: Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Universities of Frankfurt and Göttingen (1990-95); Faculty Member, St. John's College, Annapolis (1979-81); Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Hawaii (1977-79); Teaching Fellow, Yale University (1974-75).
  • Law Clerk to Hon. Irving L. Goldberg, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1985-86.

First Amendment Law (2 or 3 credits) - LAW 6930

  • Analyzes and criticizes philosophical and legal bases of important contemporary restrictions on freedom of expression. Connections with larger issues of tolerance and related principles of First Amendment law also pursued.
    Prerequisites: Constitutional Law (LAW 5501).


  • Meaning in Law: A Theory of Speech (New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).
  • Basic Themes in Law and Jurisprudence (LexisNexis, Anderson Publishing Co., 2000).
  • Journal Publications
  • Review of Steven J. Heyman, Free Speech and Human Dignity, 119 Ethics 367 (2009).
  • Presidential Debates and Deliberative Democracy, 117 Yale Law Journal Pocket Part 288 (2008),
  • Terrorism as an Intellectual Problem, 55 Buffalo Law Review 815 (2007).
  • Speech and Communication in Law and Philosophy, 12 Legal Theory 1 (2006).
  • Review of Owen Fiss, The Law as It Could Be, 116 Ethics 412 (2006).