This panel aims at bringing together scholars working on immigration in liberal democratic countries. The academic literature on the topic has greatly grown for the last three decades, challenging both the liberal-egalitarian and the communitarian stakes on immigration policies. The arguments are all related to considerations on the scope of justice, whether national or global, statist or cosmopolitan. But two main questions remain unsolved: is there a universal right to move that may trump the sovereign power to control immigration and citizenship rights? Is immigration a matter of freedom read more…
“CFP: “Bringing the People back into Republican Democracy” MANCEPT Workshop 8-10 September 2014.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Karma Nabulsi – University of Oxford
The republican tradition in political theory is distinguished by its strong emphasis on popular sovereignty and active citizenship. In recent years, however, an important divide has emerged among republicans between those who advocate the checks and balances of court-based constitutionalism and those who see an important role for popular participation in politics, both within and outside official institutions. The read more…
I’m editing an issue of the Monist, on Trust and Democracy, to be published in January 2016. Submissions due January 2015. Here’s the call:
The role of trust in democracies is typically taken for granted: democracies are successful if and only if they are underpinned by widespread trust relations among their citizens. When citizens trust each other, and when they trust their political leaders, citizens will voluntarily comply with the rules and regulations that govern their lives; in other words, they will cooperate to bring about the benefits typically attributed to living under read more…
Call for Papers: Conference on “The Ethics of Economic Institutions”
Utrecht, January 8-10, 2015.
Our economic institutions are never merely economic institutions; they are always at the same time also moral statements about the good or right ways in which we produce, exchange, consume, distribute and ultimately live together. This includes both the public and private part of economic life. This prompts many questions, such as the following:
· What kind of taxes should we have, and on which purposes should we spend public revenues?
· Which markets are to be prohibited, and how should markets be regulated?
· What would a just financial sector require? Which kinds of relations should prevail between debtors and creditors?
· What is the purpose of corporations, and what are read more…
For those of you interested in the nonideal/ideal theory debates in political philosophy, I thought I’d let you know that Bowling Green State University is hosting a conference on the subject in three weeks. Registration is still open if you’re able to attend. We’ll make the papers available when the authors are ready. We’re hoping to collect them in a volume. The line-up is great, and I expect the papers to advance the discussion.
Conference website here.
Conference flier read more…
Workshop at the University of Edinburgh
June 20, 2014
Main Library Building, Room 1.11
Spectating and Acting
A Tension at the Heart of Democratic Politics
The detailed programme, including the abstracts of the presentations, can be found here:
- Prof Carol C. Gould, City University of New York
- Prof Jeffrey Green, University of Pennsylvania
- Dr Mihaela Mihai, University of York
- Dr Andrew Schaap, University of Exeter
- Prof Matthew Festenstein, University of York
- Dr Philip Cook, University of Edinburgh
- Dr Rowan Cruft, University of Stirling
- Prof Neil Walker, University of Edinburgh
Time and Place
The workshop takes place on June 20, 2014, in meeting room 1.11 of the University of Edinburgh’s main library building. It will run from 9:00 to 17:00. Directions to the venue can be found here:
Participation is free of charge, but the number of places is limited. Therefore, it is essential you register here:
This workshop will explore the links as well as contradictions between spectating and read more…
October 29 & 30, 2014
Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago de Chile
Andreas Kalyvas (The New School, USA)
Eduardo Sabrovsky (Universidad Diego Portales, Chile)
Rupture is a motif central to modernity. A certain “culture of rupture” has animated in various forms the development of modern political and social thought, from the speculative philosophy of Hegel to the deconstruction of Derrida. The word “rupture” suggests a break in the status quo, an unexpected and irreversible event which interrupts the continuity of established institutions and practices, a read more…
Call for Papers: Incivility, Whistleblowing, and Disobedience: Bad Citizenship or Democratic Dissent?
MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory - 8-10 September, 2014
The notion of ‘good citizenship’ and of related ideas of civic virtue, civility and political obligation have been extensively explored in recent decades by political theorists. By contrast, the contrary notion of ‘bad citizenship’ has received far less attention. With the possible exception of the literature on civil disobedience, political theorists have found little to say about uncitizenly behaviour, incivility and civic vice. This read more…
2014 Tennessee Value and Agency “TVA” Conference
November 6-9, 2014
Practical Reason, Moral Judgment and Moral Sense, Sensibility, and Sentiment in the Moral Life
Call For Abstracts
The 2014 Tennessee Value and Agency “TVA” Conference will take place November 6-9, 2014, on the University of Tennessee Campus, 1210 McClung Tower. The conference will focus on (rethinking) the relationships between practical reason, moral judgment and moral sense, sensibility and sentiment in the moral life, with an eye toward bringing structure and clarity to the aims and ambitions of current work in moral psychology and moral theory. Keynote speakers will read more…
Workshop Convenors: Andrei Poama (Sciences Po) & Ambrose Lee (Oxford)
Moral intuitions seem to hold a paradoxical role in the justification of state punishment. On the one hand, normative theorists repeatedly, if diffusely, rely on intuitions in their attempts to justify state punishment. They do so by insisting on the intuitively compelling nature of certain moral principles, by criticizing particular conceptions of criminal justice for their counterintuitive implications, or by questioning whether intuitions about just punishment need to be shared or not. On the other hand, normative read more…
My book, A Theory of Militant Democracy: The Ethics of Combatting Political Extremism, has just been published, so I thought I would post a brief description. The book considers how pro-democratic forces can safeguard representative government from anti-democratic groups. By granting rights of participation to groups that do not share democratic values, democracies may endanger the very rights they have granted; but denying these rights may also undermine democratic values. New and unstable regimes often confront this difficulty and those regimes frequently end up banning significant political parties and restricting participation.
In the book, I argue that even those who read more…
The Global Justice debate, framed around the scope of justice, is largely abstract, adopts the methodology of ideal theory, and endorses a liberal perspective, i.e. liberal cosmopolitanism, statist liberalism, and liberal nationalism. Is this the best way to theorise about Global Justice? In this session we question whether the dominant liberal paradigm of Global Justice can do justice to the issues that we face at a global level.
For example, questions about who the world’s poorest people are, are not discussed. 70% of the world’s poor are women. People with disabilities are more read more…
Challenges for Contemporary Political Philosophy
University of Rennes 1, November 19-21, 2014
Call for Papers
Groups matter in political philosophy, most would now agree – but precisely how they matter is contentious. Group-related issues emerge in various contexts of debate: the redressing of past or current injustices suffered by ethnic or cultural minorities; the nature and scope of group rights; the appropriate treatment of a certain specific identity/cultural/ethnic group. Less prominent, though, is a comprehensive analysis of groups as both agents and objects of social policies. This is the aim of our conference.
What challenges are posed to social, moral, or political philosophy when addressing a read more…
Lexington Books is pleased to announce the launch of the following new book series: Politics, Literature, and Film. We are actively seeking proposals for academic works that it the series descriptions listed below. To learn more, please contact Justin Race at email@example.com or Lee Trepanier at at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This interdisciplinary series examines the intersection of politics with literature and/or film. The series is receptive to works that use a variety of methodological approaches, focus on any period from antiquity to the present, and situate their analysis in national, comparative, or global contexts. read more…
2nd CFP: The Buck Stops Where? Responsibility in the global economy
21st May 2014
University College London
Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Ashford (St Andrews)
On 24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza factory complex in Savar, Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,127 people. This is the worst incident in a long history of fires and building collapses in sweatshops. When such disasters occur, responsibility ascriptions are notoriously complex and clumsy. In this case the factory owners were held criminally responsible. But moral responsibility was ascribed to many other agents, from the Bangladeshi read more…
A workshop on ‘Hans Kelsen in America’ will be held in Chicago in June, at Valparaiso University’s Hyde Park Venue. Please see the link below for the call for papers. The organizers are especially interested in having more participants from disciplines other than law.
Call for Papers: Hans Kelsen in America read more…
My book, Toleration, is now available so I thought I would write up a post related to it. This will also be up on Polity’s blog and at bleedingheartlibertarians.com, where I may put some additional posts about toleration. For some comments about the book, see Polity’s website. You can also order the book from Wiley; if you do, you can use discount code PY532 for 20% off.
So, Toleration and Judging:
In the contemporary west (and perhaps elsewhere), many of us like to think we are open to meeting and having friendships with all sorts of people that are different from us. We might have our own religious or moral read more…
Law, Ethics and Philosophy (LEAP), vol. 1, 2013
The Editors announce the first issue of Law, Ethics and Philosophy, a peer-reviewed international journal dedicated to work in ethics, legal theory, and social and political philosophy.
The issue was published in December 2013, and is freely accessible at http://www.leap-journal.com/current-issue.html.
It contains essays by Michael Smith, Joanna Firth, and Travis Hreno, an exchange between Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen and Thomas Pogge examining the moral status of violent resistance to global injustice, and a symposium on Zoopolis: A read more…
Special issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology
Guest editors: Adrien Barton and Till Grüne-Yanoff
Deadline for submission of extended abstracts: May 15, 2014
Call for Papers
Originally introduced by Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler, nudges have been defined as any aspect of the choice architecture that alters people’s behavior in a predictable way, without merely informing, forbidding a course of action, or significantly changing the economic incentives. Nudges include for example default choices (e.g. people being considered as organ donors by default), physical arrangements of the environment (for instance displaying healthy food in a cafeteria line) or changing temporal perspectives read more…