The philosopher and the fraudster: a victory for multimillionaire ethicists everywhere

On Tuesday, London news outlet ‘Ham & High’ reported the heart-warming tale of ‘world renowned philosopher from Primrose Hill’ Jonathan Glover, and his triumph over would-be fraudster Nishathur Chowdhury, of the Salvation Army Hostel, Great Peter Street, Victoria (see The distinguished academic apparently put his refined analytical skills to work in order to outwit the 28 year-old homeless man, who had attempted to obtain the philosopher’s bank card details through an elaborate phone hoax (‘the dialling tone… didn’t sound absolutely normal’, Glover reports, with characteristic brilliance). Using only his native cunning and the co-operation of the Metropolitan Police, Glover laid a trap for the unsuspecting swindler.


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  Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Philosophy


A Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1352) is vacant at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at the University of Oslo (UiO).
The post is available for a period of three years, preferably starting in the autumn of 2014. The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

Preference may be given to applicants working in areas in which the Department has particular research strengths, including the History of Philosophy (especially Ancient and Early Modern), the areas associated with the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (CSMN), and the Philosophies of Logic and Mathematics.


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Final call for papers: Deliberation after consensus – Democracy, epistemic quality and public discourse

Workshop, Paris, 20-21 November 2014.

Keynote speakers: Simone Chambers and Jürg Steiner.

We invite paper proposals on four topics:

1. What is the role of consensus in deliberative democratic theory?
2. How does agreement affect the quality of subsequent deliberation?
3. How to measure deliberative rationality and epistemic quality?
4. What is the relationship between expert discourse, democratic deliberation and epistemic quality in political processes?

Paper proposal deadline: September 1, 2014.

Where required, we’ll cover travel and accommodation expenses for paper givers.

Further info is to be found here:


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Review Symposium: Elizabeth Anderson’s Imperative of Integration

Those who study issues of race and the practice of non-ideal theory may be interested in the following review symposium, published in the most recent issue of Political Studies Review:

  • “Integration, Desegregation, and the Work of the Past,” Lawrie Balfour
  • “Would We Know ‘Integration’ If We Were to See It? Measurement and The Imperative of Integration,” Cara Wong
  • “The Imperative of Non-ideal Theory,” Jack Knight
  • “Ideal and Non-ideal Theory in Elizabeth Anderson’s Imperative of Integration,” Benjamin Hertzberg
  • “Reply to Critics,” Elizabeth Anderson


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New statement by philosophers and political theorists calls for boycott of Israel

Back the Boycott is an initiative by academics and graduate students in philosophy and political theory who wish to express solidarity with Palestinians against Israeli aggression and occupation by means of a boycott of Israel. Those interested in signing the statement can do so here:

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Online Forum on Climate Change

Policy makers have recently begun to acknowledge the disproportionate impacts of climate change on women and disadvantaged communities, but feminist analyses of the complex epistemic and political dimensions of climate change, as well as its causes and effects, are urgently needed. Hypatia recently published a special issue on Climate Change that initiates a necessary conversation that will deepen our understanding and help identify promising opportunities for positive change. Feminist philosophers Chris Cuomo (author of Feminism and Ecological Communities: An Ethic of Flourishing) and Nancy Tuana (author of Feminism and Science) have invited scholars and activists working at the forefront of feminist climate justice to share their perspectives.


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