Monthly Archives: January 2008

“Getting Duped”

Just a quick distraction from the excellent discussion of David’s book. A short pop piece that I wrote with my friend Yvonne Raley titled “Getting Duped” is about to appear in Scientific American Mind. “Getting Duped” identifies a new fallacy, … Continue reading

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Estlund Reading Group Chapter 3

Here is the third installment of our reading group on Democratic Authority, which focuses on chapter 3, “An Acceptability Requirement.” Summary This chapter begins by restating the problem of the book, which is: Why not epistocracy? We know from the … Continue reading

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Response to comments on Chapter 2

I have some thoughts about the terrific discussion, so far (through comment 7), of my Chapter 2. I can’t take everything up, but I hope this offers some clarification where people asked for it. In addition to his excellent summary, … Continue reading

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Estlund Reading Group Chapter 2

Hi everyone, and welcome to the second week of our Estlund reading group where we’ll be discussing chapter 2, ‘Truth and Despotism’. Summary The chapter begins with a worry, expressed by Arendt, that appeals to truth in politics can be … Continue reading

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CFP: Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Graduate Philosophy Conference

BSD: 5 April 2008 | CFP: 1 February 2008 The Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Graduate Student Philosophy Conference will be held in Wellman Hall at Davis on 5 April 2008. Papers from graduate students at California universities in all areas of philosophy are … Continue reading

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Response to comments on Chapter 1

[Simon has advised me to submit this as a “post” rather than as a “comment.” As I write, there are 19 comments. I’ll insert a comment to mark the point at which I posted these remarks] This might be a … Continue reading

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NEW Publishing Advice for Graduate Students

Over the years, I have offered what is now an annual ‘speech’ on publishing advice aimed at graduate students and junior academics. I recorded much of my early talks in a paper, first posted on the Political Studies Association’s postgraduate … Continue reading

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JESP open for Discussion Notes

I’m happy to announce that The Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy (JESP) now welcomes the submission of short discussions of articles recently published in this or other journals. All submissions are subject to peer-review, and should not exceed 2,000 … Continue reading

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Estlund Reading Group Chapter 1

Welcome to the first instalment of our virtual reading group on David Estlund’s Democratic Authority: A Philosophical Framework. Today’s post will focus on chapter 1, which offers a synopsis of the book’s central arguments and conclusions. Summary Estlund begins by … Continue reading

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Autonomy, Respect, and Arrogance in the Danish Cartoon Controversy

Autonomy, Respect, and Arrogance in the Danish Cartoon Controversy Hi everyone, I have been working for a while on a paper, which was provoked by the cartoons of Muhammad that were published in Denmark in 2005 and created an international … Continue reading

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Aristotle on the Ideal State, Spooner on Jurisprudence

My working paper “Inside and Outside Spooner’s Natural Law Jurisprudence” is online; abstract follows: Lysander Spooner, the foremost legal theorist of 19th century American radical liberalism, might seem to have defended two distinct and incompatible theories of the relation between … Continue reading

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CFP: Intermountain West Student Philosophy Conference at Utah

Utah IWSPC: 27-29 March 2008 | CFP: 31 January 2008 More mountainous philosophy, via the new Philosophy Updates Google Group organised by Fritz Allhoff and students at Western Michigan: The Philosophy Department at the University of Utah will be holding … Continue reading

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The First Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress

ROME: 8-10 August 2008 | CFP: 1 March 2008  The Center for Values and Social Policy in the Philosophy Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder is pleased to invite paper proposals for the first annual ROME congress August 8-10, … Continue reading

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New Participant Registration System

[Update: I've added a checkbox on the registration page for academics who would like to join the site as members.] For security reasons (in particular the glaring ease with which one could post under someone else’s name), I’ve switched the … Continue reading

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Estlund Reading Group Reminder

This is just a friendly reminder that our virtual reading group on David Estlund’s Democratic Authority will be starting on January 14 with a discussion of chapter 1. Hope to see lots of you there!

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CFP: Association for Political Theory 2008 at Wesleyan

APT: 9-12 October 2008 | CFP: 15 February 2008 The 2008 Association for Political Theory Conference will be held at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT from 9-12 October 2008. Proposals are due by 15 February 2008, and completed drafts must … Continue reading

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Public Affairs Quarterly

Just a quick note to Public Reasoners: I’ve taken up the editorship of Public Affairs Quarterly. I’m still getting my bearings, and submissions info on the journal webpage needs updating, etc., but I hope you will keep PAQ in mind … Continue reading

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