Monthly Archives: March 2008

International Conference : Liberal neutrality, a re-evaluation

Montreal, May 1-3 2008 In collaboration with McGill University, The Centre de recherche en éthique de l’Université de Montréal (CRÉUM) is proud to invite everyone to attend its international conference on “Liberal Neutrality : A Re-evaluation”. The conference is open … Continue reading

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Estlund Reading Group Chapter 11

In this chapter Estlund asks the question whether an ‘epistocracy of the educated’ — whether, as J.S. Mill recommends, the educated should receive more votes than the uneducated — could satisfy the ‘qualified acceptability requirement’, that is, be a political … Continue reading

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Estlund Reading Group Schedule Change

In order to ensure that there is sufficient time to discuss chapter 11, we’re going to delay the other scheduled posts for the reading group by one week. The revised schedule is as follows: Chapter 12 ‘The Irrelevance of the … Continue reading

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Reading Group Suggestions

I wanted to put up a post where people could make suggestions for further reading groups, after the conclusion of the marvelous “Democratic Authority” discussion we’ve had. If there are many suggestions, I’ll put up a poll to see which … Continue reading

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Response to Comments on Chapter 10

Thanks to Rebecca for the great summary and questions about this chapter, and to Jonathan and Ben for pitching in. The chapter proposes a way to combine, in broadly deliberative approach to democracy, a central role for an ideal deliberative … Continue reading

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Estlund Reading Group Chapter 10

[David's response to Harry on chap. 9 is now below this post, so don't miss it -- SCM] Summary In this chapter, Estlund seeks to identify the correct role played by an ideal deliberative situation in democratic theory. He argues … Continue reading

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Response to comments on Chapter 9

Thanks to Harry for the excellent summary and comments. His two comments really amount to a single challenge: Since a smaller-than-universal sample of the population could deliberate or vote with as much epistemic value as the universal franchise, doesn’t epistemic … Continue reading

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Estlund Reading Group Chapter 9

Synopsis. Chapter 9 advances the first stage of an argument which is completed in chapter 10. I’ll just concentrate on the part of the argument that is presented in chapter 9, but it is worth seeing where it is going. … Continue reading

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Intellectual Biography of Rawls — Request

As a few readers of Public Reason may know, I am in the very early stages of an intellectual biography of John Rawls. A good deal of Rawls’s correspondence is archived at Harvard, but not all. And so I am … Continue reading

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Encyclopedia Entry on Rawls

I have the unenviable task of drafting an encyclopedia article on Rawls for the IVR’s online encyclopedia. I’ve posted the most recent version, titled John Rawls, to my SSRN page — http://ssrn.com/author=382674. As with all online encyclopedias, the entry is … Continue reading

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New Editors and New Direction for Representation

From 2008 Representation will have new editors – Dr. Andrew Russell and Dr. Stephen de Wijze. Both work in Politics, at the University of Manchester. Representation is a journal of longstanding repute. It has been publishing since 1960 and has … Continue reading

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Response to Comments on Chapter 8

Again, I’m gratified to see such a clear and accurate summary of the chapter. Let me start with Simon’s excellent questions, drawing connections to Jonathan’s where appropriate. Simon’s question (1) is whether the system of justice that arises in Juristic … Continue reading

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Original Position

Here’s a quick question: What are the best discussions in the literature of why the original position has justificatory force? I’m particularly interested in those papers that address Ronald Dworkin’s “no pale form” point that since the contract is only … Continue reading

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CFP: The Epistemology of Liberal Democracy, Copenhagen

Copenhagen: 20-21 November 2008 | CFP: 15 August 2008 Via Jon Kvanvig at Certain Doubts: The University of Copenhagen is hosting a conference on “The Epistemology of Liberal Democracy: Free Speech, Disagreement, and Common Belief” from 20-21 November, 2008. Abstracts … Continue reading

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Estlund Reading Group Chapter 8

The argument of this chapter is an analogy between the authority of democracy and the authority of a jury trial system. A jury system that possesses certain qualified epistemic features (i.e. epistemic benefits that no qualified point of view could … Continue reading

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Response to Comments on Chapter 7

Thanks to David (I’ll call him David L. lest readers get confused about the multiple Davids on the screen) for his excellent summary and questions. The first issue he raises is about my appeal to symmetry between consent and non-consent. … Continue reading

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Waste, again

Since my first post on this topic, I’ve toyed with different ways to define waste (I was trying to do only conceptual analysis, leaving the normative work for later) and seem to be ending with “the under-usage of something we … Continue reading

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