Monthly Archives: April 2008

Martha Nussbaum with Bill Moyers

Via Thom Brooks and Brian Leiter, Martha Nussbaum in conversation with Bill Moyers here on liberty of conscience. Given Moyers’ other recent associations, this clearly makes Nussbaum unelectable.

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CFP: Thick Concepts

University of Kent: 3-5 July 2009 | CFP: 2 February 2009 Via Simon Kirchin at Ethics Etc., something that may be of interest to political philosophers: Many philosophers are familiar with the distinction between thin and thick concepts. Canonical examples … Continue reading

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CFP: Political Philosophy and its History

NPSA: 13-15 November 2008 | CFP: 15 June 2008 Via Fritz Allhoff at the Philosophy Google Group: The Northeastern Political Science Association will hold its 40th annual meeting on November 13-15, 2008 at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston, … Continue reading

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Journal of Political Philosophy 16 (2), June 2008

Here is the June JPP:

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Journal of Political Philosophy 16 (1), March 2008

The March issue of JPP has been available for a while, and the June issue has just come out, so I thought I would post both. There are many people who use these links to access the articles, but unfortunately … Continue reading

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Remarks on Comments on Chapter 14, and a Concluding Note

I’m grateful to Zofia for the excellent summary and questions. Let me say something about her question in order: On her (1): Zofia asks whether there is really much point to hopeless ideal theory if we really know it won’t … Continue reading

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Torture and the Ticking Time Bomb

I have just posted a version of my SPEP paper from last fall to SSRN, “One View of the Dungeon: The Ticking Time Bomb between Governmentality and Sovereignty” The paper is a critique of one of the standard justifications for … Continue reading

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Estlund Reading Group Chapter 14

Summary Much research demonstrates that voters are largely ignorant about the issues and institutions at stake when they vote. Some research also suggests that voters are selfish and irrational. Such poor voter performance might be thought to pose problems for … Continue reading

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Remarks on Comments on Chapter 13

Thanks again to Jonathan for the very useful summary and comments. I’ll consider his three questions in order. First, Jonathan raises a small exegetical question. Does Rawls suggest the kind of democracy/contractualism analogy of the kind I’m discussing? Nothing in … Continue reading

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Rights Theory and the Bill of Rights

Here’s a quick question I have about teaching jurisprudence. There’s an interesting literature on the nature of rights that will be familiar to many people, and I think it is a good thing for undergraduate jurisprudence students to be exposed … Continue reading

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Philosophy & Public Affairs 36 (1), Winter 2008

The Winter 2008 issue of P&PA has been available for a while now:

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Estlund Reading Group Chapter 13

Summary In this chapter, David wants to distinguish his epistemic argument for democracy from what he calls the democracy/contractualism analogy (I’m going to refer to this simply as the analogy or the analogy argument). The analogy rests on two key … Continue reading

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Remarks on Comments on Chapter 12

Thanks to Loren for the great summary and questions. Loren is largely sympathetic, so, as a reward, this can be more brief than most weeks. But he does raise two concerns. First, Loren proposes a way of avoiding the disjunction … Continue reading

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Estlund Reading Group Chapter 12

If your account of democratic authority uses the term “epistemic” then sooner or later you’re going to have to deal with the Jury Theorem. And here is where David takes up the gauntlet. I’ve made that seem rather dramatic, but … Continue reading

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Remarks on Comments on Chapter 11

Blain’s summary is accurate and helpful, and he raises several good questions. I take those up before turning to questions by the other participants. Blain’s first worry is whether, in the absence of an account that would give us clear … Continue reading

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Reasonable Rejection and Redundancy

A paper due out any month now in the Journal of Political Philosophy by Tamra Frei has got me thinking about the redundancy objection to Scanlon’s contractualism. I haven’t followed this debate closely, but I understand that some rather sophisticated … Continue reading

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