Monthly Archives: August 2008

STP Special Issues

Social Theory and Practice has just published its 2008 special issue, guest-edited by Ingrid Robeyns and Adam Swift.  The title is “Social Justice: Ideal Theory, Nonideal Circumstances.”

Other recent special issues include “Virtue and Social Diversity” (2007) and “Cosmopolitanism and the State (2006).

Here is the URL of the journal:

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The LPGA Demands that Its Players Speak English

Is everyone else as amazed as I am about the recent decision by the Ladies Professional Golf Association [where 45 of the top 120 players on the circuit are South Korean] to demand that all players be conversant in English?  I am not prone to such comments, but I can’t help but wonder if this could happen anywhere other than the U.S.  I am particularly taken aback by how easily the association feels it can justify such a decision in branding/marketing terms.  Consider the quote from the deputy commissioner (via NY Times):

“We live in a sports-entertainment environment,” said Libba Galloway, the deputy commissioner of the tour, the Ladies Professional Golf Association. “For an athlete to be successful today in the sports entertainment world we live in, they need to be great performers on and off the course, and being able to communicate effectively with sponsors and fans is a big part of this.”


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Public Ethics Radio

There’s a new podcast radio program called Public Ethics Radio that’s just been launched. The program is a production of the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, an Australian Research Council Special Research Centre, at the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, and Charles Sturt University, and is hosted by Christian Barry and produced by Matt Peterson.

Public Ethics Radio podcasts interviews with ethicists on different ethical issues in public life. Each program focuses on a particular theme—military intervention, international trade, political corruption—and takes as its starting point some more specific issue that is prominent in the public consciousness. The first program is an interview with Thomas Pogge on the topic of pharmacuetical innovation, and upcoming episodes include interviews with Leif Wenar (on the resource curse), Jessica Wolfendale (on torture), and Larry Temkin (on extending human lifespans)


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The Questions of (Social, Political, Legal, ….) Philosophy

Ah, Fall.  Classes here have started already!  Probably because of what I am teaching this semester I started thinking about the questions we (members and subscribers to this blog and potential members and subscribers of this blog) address.  It seems to me there are three basic questions of our field(s).

1. What should the social world be like?
This, I think, is the domain of social philosophy, properly understood.  One part of that domain, I think, is the political—leading to questions 2 and 3.  The domain of the social, though, is broader and includes how people act in social situations—i.e., here is where we should probably place questions about (non-governmental) power differentials and such (the parenthetical, of course, implies that we can differentiate between governmental and non-governmental power).  I suspect that those that call themselves “political theorists” are often more interested in other aspects of social philosophy than are those that call themselves “political philosophers.”  I’d be interested in knowing if others think that is right or wrong.


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Nickel on Rawls, Human Rights and Toleration

I have a conference length paper on Jim Nickel’s criticisms (from the second edition of “Making Sense of Human Rights”) of Rawls’s “ultraminimalist” conception of human rights in LoP. I seek readers’ comments both because I’d like to get a sense of what objections and questions I’m likely to get when I present the paper, and because I’m hoping to expand the paper both to more fully explore Nickel’s take on Rawls and to couple that discussion with an assessment of Allen Buchanan’s closely related criticisms in “Justice, Legitimacy and Self-Determination.” Thanks in advance for any and all comments. The paper can be found at:


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Boston: ASPLP 2008

ASPLP: 28-29 August 2008

Via Jacob T. Levy

The Annual Meeting of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy will be held from 28-29 August, 2008, in conjunction with the American Political Science Association, at the Hynes Convention Center/ Boston Marriott Copley Place/ Sheraton Boston Hotel, in Boston, MA.

Conference schedule below the fold:

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