Monthly Archives: November 2008

CFP: Spring 2009 Political Philosophy Podcast Symposium

Spring 2009 PPPS CFP: 19 December 2009 I’m extending the deadline for submissions for the Spring 2009 podcast symposium until Friday 19 December — SCM. Continuing with the format that we have experimented with this semester, I’d like to invite … Continue reading

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How can I teach Kant–without too much Kant?

Hi all, I just joined Public Reason (having met Simon at a conference) and am looking forward to participating.  I’ve already seen lots of terrific material, and realize that I should have joined long ago. I have what may seem … Continue reading

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PPPS: “Making Space for Rosa Parks: Democratic Authorship as Political Autonomy”

Hi.  I’m Paul Gowder, a Ph.D. candidate in Stanford’s Political Science department.  This paper arose out of another paper that I have in progress.  The other paper, a critique of Rawls’s idea of public reason and an attempt to develop … Continue reading

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Judicial Review and the Value Theory of Democracy: A Response to Corey Brettschneider chapter 7

CB argues for a value theory of democracy as an alternative to procedural and epistemic theories. The three core values which underlie democracy are: equality of interests, political autonomy and reciprocity. These values are implicit in the practices and institutions … Continue reading

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PPPS: “Unhappy Families: Three Ways of Thinking About Imperfect Political Regimes”

I got the idea for this paper while teaching a course on dictatorships and revolutions. The course had little political philosophy content (by design), but we did talk about whether democratic regimes are always to be preferred to non-democratic regimes, … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group, Chapter 6

In Chapter Six, Corey Brettschneider sets out to argue that citizens of ideal democracies are entitled to basic “welfare guarantees.”  In the two previous chapters, he has argued that democratic citizens are owed certain “negative rights” against state interference; here, … Continue reading

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PPPS: “Toward a Pragmatic Moral Theory of State Sovereignty”

This paper was motivated by a dissatisfaction with the move to justify armed humanitarian intervention to deal with widespread and systematic human rights violations. I’m skeptical of arguments that defend a right or duty of armed intervention for a few … Continue reading

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Rotterdam: Workshop on Gender in Social and Political Philosophy

Erasmus University: 3 December 2008 The Faculty of Philosophy at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam presents a workshop on Gender in Social and Political Philosophy. The workshop will take place on 3 December 2008. The programme is below the fold: … Continue reading

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Edinburgh: Association for Legal and Social Philosophy 2009

ALSP: 2-4 July 2009 | CFP: 1 February 2009 The Association for Legal and Social Philosophy will be holding its 2009 conference at the University of Edinburgh from 2-4 July 2009. From the website: The last two decades have seen … Continue reading

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Reading: British Society for Ethical Theory 2009

BSET: 13-15 July 2009 | CFP: 12 December 2008 Via Simon Kirchin: The 2009 British Society for Ethical Theory Conference will be held at the University of Reading from 13-15 July 2009. The subject area is open within metaethics and … Continue reading

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York: Democracy and the Deliberative Society

University of York: 24-26 June 2009 An announcement from Matthew Festenstein: ‘Deliberative democracy’ has become a dominant, if contested, paradigm in democratic thought. Political philosophers have investigated the conceptual shape and normative desirability of deliberation, rationality, procedural fairness. Empirical political … Continue reading

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Senior fellowship at CREUM

The University of Montreal’s Centre de recherche en éthique (CREUM) is proud to announce its senior fellowship grant. We are inviting applications of professor-researchers for residential fellowships which can vary in length according to individual circumstances. Fellowships up to 40 … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Response to Comments on Chapter 3, “Democratic Contractualism” (And An Initial Response to Comments on Chapter 4, “Public Justification and the Right to Privacy”)

Many thanks to Eric for another stellar set of insightful and challenging comments. Eric suggests that there is more potential for conflict between the substantive and procedural aspects of democracy than in less robust theories of self-government. I largely bracket … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group, Chapter 5

In Chapter 5 of Democratic Rights, Corey Brettschneider continues his project of showing how the value theory of democracy generates support for individual rights that serve as substantive limits on the outcomes of democratic procedures.  In this chapter, he asks … Continue reading

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