Invitation to workshop: World Government or Else?

WORLD GOVERNMENT OR ELSE?

The world is encountering several global challenges: climate change, global injustice, and war particularly stand out. Some think that there is only one adequate answer to these challenges: to create a world state that governs the entire globe. Others think that creating a world state is not a good idea for different reasons: it is unrealistic (given as the world it is now dominated by territorial nation states); it is undesirable (it could lead to global tyranny and/or force upon humanity a homogeneity that we don’t want); it is ineffective (there are other solutions to these problems, such as stronger nation states, supra-national organizations, stronger regional cooperation). This two-day workshop (June 13, 2017 – June 14, 2017) will examine the question whether we need a world government (and in what form), both from theoretical and from empirical angles.

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CFP: Confucian Political Theory (MANCEPT Workshops)

Confucian Political Theory

MANCEPT Workshops 2017,

Monday 11 September to Wednesday 13 September 

Conveners: Elton Chan (Yale-NUS College), Larry Lai (University of Hong Kong) and Baldwin Wong (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

 Call for Abstract

In recent years there has been an increasing interest among Anglo-American political theorists in comparing the diverse ways of how the Western and Chinese thinkers address political issues. Several academic publishers (such as Cambridge University Press and Princeton University Press) and journals (such as European Journal of Political Theory 15(4)) begin to publish books and articles about Confucianism. Unlike the past generation of thinkers, such as Theodore de Bary and Tu Wei Ming, who aimed to show that Confucianism is not necessarily tied to authoritarianism but in many ways compatible with western liberal democratic values, some contemporary political theorists (Jiang 2012, Bell 2006, 2016) argue that Confucianism offers a distinctive alternative to liberal democracy, which enables us to reflect on the liberal democratic values that are usually taken for granted. While some political theorists do recognize liberal democratic values, they believe that Confucianism can offer insights to revolve problems that worry current liberal democratic societies (Chan 2014, Angle 2012). The growing body of literature can be found in these years.

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Two New Books: Ethical Issues in Poverty Alleviation & Ethics and the Endangerment of Children’s Bodies

The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg, is happy to announce the publication of two new books by its members in political philosophy.

Ethics and the Endangerment of Children’s Bodies (Palgrave Macmillan 2017)

by Gunter Graf & Gottfried Schweiger

This book addresses the endangerment of children’s bodies in affluent societies. Bodily integrity is an important part of a child’s physical and mental well-being, but it can also be violated through various threats during childhood; not only affecting physical health but also causing mental damage and leading to distortions in the development of the self. The authors give an account of three areas, which present different serious dangers: (1) body and eating, (2) body and sexuality, and (3) body and violence. Through an in-depth examination of the available theoretical and empirical knowledge, as well as a thorough ethical analysis, the central injustices in the mentioned areas are identified and the agents with responsibilities towards children displayed. The authors conclude by providing invaluable insight into the necessity of an ethical basis for policies to safeguard children and their bodies.

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Registration Open: 2017 Workshop in Philosophy & Poverty: Poverty and Human Dignity

The program of the 2017 Salzburg Workshop in Philosophy & Poverty on the topic of Poverty and Humand Dignity is now online! The workshop will take place at the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg on 1 and June 2017. Draft papers will be shared among all participants in advance.

Guests welcome but please register via e-mail until 15 May 2017 at gottfried.schweiger[a]sbg.ac.at.

More info here: http://www.workshop-poverty-philosophy.org/

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 10.00- 17:45

H.P.P. [Hennie] Lötter (University of Johannesburg): Poverty and Human Dignity

Christian Neuhäuser (Technical University Dortmund): Poverty, dignity and self-respect

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Summer school “Equality and Citizenship IV”

Summer School Equality and Citizenship

First call

The Center for Advanced Studies of South East Europe, the University of Rijeka and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Rijeka are organizing a summer school on equality and citizenship from July 3rd to July 7th, 2017, in Rijeka (Croatia).

The summer school does not reproduce, in a diluted form, the familiar teaching format of a university course. Instead, it is organized around “Author-Meets-Critics” symposia dedicated to some distinguished authors’ publications and work-in-progress. All the leading participants will give a paper on a topic on which they are working at the moment, and will reply to the papers given by scholars who participate in the symposia dedicated to them, and will be available for informal discussion. The leading participants are:

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Call for Papers: “Compromise and Representation”

An International Conference at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark
December 12-14, 2017

Keynote Speakers
Eric Beerbohm (Harvard University)
Sofia Näsström (Uppsala University)
Simon May (Florida State University)
Melissa Schwartzberg (New York University)

We live in times that are haunted by profound disagreements over what counts as democratic politics. Some people believe that democracy does not deliver on its promise to give “the power to the people.” But what some regard as giving the power back to the people and taking back control, others regard as undermining the fundamental principles of democracy. How can we, as political theorists and philosophers, make sense of these disagreements? How do we combine the necessity and value of representation and compromise with fundamental democratic principles of equality and freedom?

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