Monthly Archives: October 2008

Brettschneider Reading Group, Chapter 4

According to the value theory advanced so far, democracy is best understood in terms of three core values: equality of interests, political autonomy, and reciprocity. These values ground democratic rights of citizens, most obviously rights associated with the rule of … Continue reading

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PPPS: “Coercion as Enforcement”

I’m grateful for the opportunity to participate in this forum, and thank Simon May and Public Reason for the work in organizing this symposium. My paper provides a positive account of coercion that responds to difficulties I have found in … Continue reading

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Call For Papers: Equality of Opportunity 2009

Conference: Whose Opportunities? A Critique of Equality  When? 29, 30, 31 October 2009 Where? Lisbon Organization Centre for Humanistic Studies, University of Minho (CEHUM) Centre for the History of Culture, New University of Lisbon (CHC) Call For Papers: Equality of … Continue reading

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Experimental Philosophy of Freedom

Consider the following case: Tanya lives in a small, newly created country in Eastern Europe. Perhaps the most important issue in the region is the treatment of a disenfranchised minority that lives throughout the country. Tanya truly dislikes the minority … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group, Chapter 3

So far Democratic Rights has forced a choice for theorists developing a conception of democracy. We can accept an austere procedural ideal or an expansive basket of substantive rights. Positions that fall in between are prone to instability. Ronald Dworkin famously exploited … Continue reading

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Brettschneider response to comments on Chapter 2 of Democratic Rights

Many thanks to Anna for another very careful summary and an important set of questions.  In Chapter One and our discussion about it I emphasized why the value theory forces proceduralists to make a choice: Either they can acknowledge that … Continue reading

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PPPS: “Is Government Supererogation Possible?”

It seems that governments sometimes act in ways that are good, but not required by any plausible conception of justice.  Think of the lovely flowers on the highway median, or the block party thrown in your town each year, or … Continue reading

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Moral Sense Test

Fellow philosophy blogger Eric Schwitzgebel (Riverside/The Splintered Mind) is looking for philosophers to participate in a Moral Sense Test specifically designed for philosophers. The test presents trolley-type scenarios and asks respondents for their moral judgments about those scenarios. Eric and … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group, Chapter 2

Summary: Corey Brettschneider argues in Chapter 2 of Democratic Rights that citizens’ status as rulers in a democracy entitles them to claim individual rights based on the core elements of the value theory—equality of interests, political autonomy, and reciprocity.  These … Continue reading

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Brettschneider response to comments on Chapter 1 of Democratic Rights

I would like to thank Micah and Eric for organizing this group.  I would also like to thank Micah for his very careful and insightful summary of Chapter One, “The Value Theory of Democracy.”  I’ll take his second question first.  … Continue reading

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PPPS: “Does the Government Need to Know Your Sex?”

Here is my contribution to this podcast symposium; I’d like to add my thanks to Simon May for organizing this online event. In a number of states and countries, transgender activists and scholars are challenging the rules and regulations for altering … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group, Chapter 1

Welcome to the first installment of our reading group on Corey Brettschneider’s Democratic Rights: The Substance of Self-Government. This post will focus on Chapter 1, The Value Theory of Democracy. Summary This chapter begins by describing the view, commonly held … Continue reading

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Reading Group on Corey Brettschneider’s Democratic Rights

Starting on Monday, we will be hosting a virtual reading group on Corey Brettschneider’s book, Democratic Rights: The Substance of Self-Government. Following the model of the Estlund reading group, we will be reading one chapter each week. Someone will post a brief … Continue reading

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PPPS: “Torture Lite and the Normalisation of Torture”

Hi everybody, The paper I am presenting for this podcast symposium is part of an ongoing research interest of mine in how torture becomes institutionalized in military forces that are (in theory at least) committed to the prohibition against torture. … Continue reading

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Murphy Institute at Tulane Faculty Fellowships

Murphy Institute Fellowships: 17 November 2008 The Center for Ethics and Public Affairs at the Murphy Institute at Tulane University announces residential Faculty Fellowships for the 2009-2010 academic year.

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Stanford Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Stanford Center for Ethics: 15 November 2008 – 10 January 2009 From Debra Satz and Rob Reich at Stanford: The McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society and the Program in Global Justice at Stanford University seek five post-doctoral fellows … Continue reading

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