Philosophy and Public Issues
Call for papers
Symposium: Republicanism between Democracy and Justice
With a discussion of Philip Pettit’s On the People’s Terms: A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Guest Editors: Enrico Biale and Pamela Pansardi
Long Abstract (1,000 words max): 15 November 2014
Full paper (10,000 words max, upon acceptance): 15 March 2015
Amy Allen (Dartmouth College), Josè Luis Martì (Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona), John Parkinson (University of Warwick), and Philip Pettit (Australian National University and Princeton University).
The last few days have been quite unusual in the philosophy blogosphere. Since I’ve taken a public stand, I thought I should post something on my own blog about these developments.
Sally Haslanger and David Velleman posted a Statement of Concern regarding Brian Leiter’s emails to Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins and Noelle McAfee. This was followed by a September Statement calling for Prof. Leiter’s resignation as editor of the Philosophical Gourmet Report, as well as a separate list of Recent Events Involving Brian Leiter detailing further allegations of hostile conduct towards members of the philosophy community.
The Center for Ethics and Public Affairs at Tulane University’s Murphy Institute is now accepting applications for 2015-16 fellowships.
I was a CEPA fellow a few years ago. My considered opinion is that anyone who works in moral and political philosophy who does not strongly consider applying is certifiably insane. This is because:
1. New Orleans.
2. It’s a fully funded fellowship ($60,000).
3. The other fellows are overwhelmingly likely to be great people to hang around with (although many in recent years do seem to have a curiously unphilosophical interest in and variable competence at dancing).
4. The Tulane Philosophy folks organise regular reading groups, colloquia, and workshops.
5. Shoemaker knows all the best spots.
6. It’s easy to get a ton of work done. (I think I have seven publications from my time there.)
8. The turtle soup at Commander’s Palace.
9. The Center is right next to St Charles Avenue, across from Audubon Park.
10. You’ll get to know that you have to *push* the back door (damn tourists).
11. The thousands of superannuated white frat boys who descend on the city to celebrate its rich African American heritage by urinating in its streets only stay for a short while once a year, and it’s a virtuous and noble thing to come to despise them.
12. Katrina endures and must be witnessed.
13. Treme was great and everything, but it’s another thing to be there.
15. The “dat” theory of truth beats deflationism hands down.
Res Publica: A Journal of Moral, Legal and Social Philosophy Postgraduate Essay Prize, 2014
The editors of Res Publica invite submissions for this year’s prize submitted by a current or recent postgraduate student. This may be in any area of moral, legal, social or political philosophy.
Entries should conform to the normal requirements for submissions – please see the Res Publica homepage for details.
Current postgraduate students and those who were awarded their PhD (i.e. passed their viva) no earlier than 1 May 2014 are eligible (the prize winner may be asked to provide proof of their current or recent postgraduate status).
International Journal of Theory of Politics – Teoria politica
1. Capitalism, Democracy and the Crisis, Again. The Social Question, Today
Neoliberal ideology, which has been transformed into a kind of global meta-political direction, considers democracy as an obstacle to capitalism, as it had already been mentioned by Norberto Bobbio more than thirty years ago. Thus, capitalism —or financial capitalism— has come to oust democracy, namely the power of political self-determination, by establishing a kind of rule of capital in place of the rule of law. The onset of the crisis, which many believe resulted from the lack of limitations and constraints to capitalist activity, could be taken as a factual refutation, or even as a reversal of the neoliberal thesis. Do democratic political answers to the economic crisis exist? Democracy itself is in crisis and according to many observers this crisis has been determined by an unfettered capitalism promoted through those parties and movements that fuelled and adopted policies inspired by neoliberal ideology. In this case, what could be the possible answers that democracy could offer? Answers to which problems? To the state of public finances, with the aim of restoring the economic and political conditions, as well as the arrangements in place prior to the crisis; or to the spread of inequality and poverty, to the worsening of the social question that the crisis and its governance have produced? Should not we consider —tautologically— the restoration of democracy and the power of political self-determination as the remedy to the crisis of democracy itself, as well as to the inability or weakness of political classes subordinated to the economic power, in dealing with the social question? Are technocracies and populisms (of different leanings) remedies or causes of even worst evils?
This post is to announce, and perhaps provide a stable page for linking to posts related to, our reading group on Kevin Vallier’s Liberal Politics and Public Faith. I am modeling this post and the general direction of the group after the successful reading groups here on the Public Reason Blog. The schedule and list of commenters is below, with the posts being weekly starting October 18th. Following Kevin’s precedent, “I suggest that we divide the posts roughly into an expository part and a critical part. I also hope that we can structure criticisms so as to facilitate constructive discussion. Discussion in the comments should focus largely on the issues raised in the post.”