Monthly Archives: January 2009

2008 Okin-Young Award

Deadline: 15 February 2009

The Women and Politics and Foundations of Political Theory sections of the American Political Science Association and the Women’s Caucus for Political Science announce the Okin-Young Award in Feminist Political Theory. The award commemorates the scholarly, mentoring, and professional contributions of Susan Moller Okin and Iris Marion Young to the development of the field of feminist political theory. This annual award recognizes the best paper on feminist political theory published in an English language academic journal during the previous calendar year. Papers will be considered by self-nomination or nomination by other individuals. The award carries a cash award of $600. To be eligible, the article must have been published in 2008.

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David Bourget and David Chalmers at ANU have created an online database of philosophy papers called PhilPapers. It allows you to browse through journals, create reading lists at the click of a button, and comment on papers. There is an introduction page here. It looks very likely to become an essential research resource.

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Philosophy on Prairie Public Radio

“Why?” on Prairie Public Radio: 5:00pm Central, second Sunday of the month

Jack Weinstein writes to say that the new Institute for Philosophy in Public Life at the University of North Dakota has launched a new philosophy call-in radio show called “Why?: Philosophical Discussions about Everyday Life” on Prairie Public Radio that will be available around the world. They will have professional philosophers (and other people working in the field) talking about their work and answering questions from the audience. It is broadcast the second Sunday of every month at 5:00 p.m. central time, and starts February 8. The current guest list is up, and they are looking for callers to phone in.

The announcement email for the institute is below the fold:

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Molinari Symposium 2009: Call for Papers on Intellectual Property


The Molinari Society will be hosting its sixth annual symposium in conjunction with the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in New York City, December 27-30, 2009. We hereby invite the submission of papers on the topic of intellectual property (IP).

IP has long been a matter of debate among libertarians. For its defenders, it represents a just protection of innovators’ rights to the products of their labour, as well as a vital economic incentive for creative effort; for its opponents, it is one more state-granted monopoly privilege with elements of protectionism and censorship. The issues raised by IP seem especially urgent in the present age of electronic media, when the ease of copying and disseminating information is at an all-time high; and the legitimacy or otherwise of IP has recently become an especially hot topic of discussion in the libersphere in the wake of the long-anticipated publication of Michele Boldrin and David Levine’s book Against Intellectual Monopoly (as well as the re-release of Stephan Kinsella’s Against Intellectual Property in book form).


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The Ironic Tragedy of Human Rights

Fellow Public Reasoners,

I recently posted an essay, “The Ironic Tragedy of Human Rights,” on the Social Science Research Network (at As you can see from the summary below, the argument amounts to a very radical critique of human rights. This has left me wondering: have I missed something obvious? Needless to say, I’d appreciate any thoughts you may have.



With the 1948 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the idea of human rights came into its own on the world stage. More than anything, the Declaration was a response to the Holocaust, to both its perpetrators and the failure of the rest of the world adequately to come to the aid of its victims. Since that year, however, we have seen many more cases of mass murder. Think of China, Bali, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and now Darfur. Of course one could always claim that such horrors would have been even more frequent if not for the Declaration. But I want to argue otherwise. For I believe that human rights have contributed to making mass murder more, rather than less, likely.


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Journal of Moral Philosophy 6(1) (2009)

Journal of Moral Philosophy 6(1) (2009)

JOURNAL OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY: An International Journal of Moral, Political, and Legal Philosophy
(ISSN 1740-4681)

* Note: the JMP is now quarterly from 2009 *

Volume 6, Number 1 (2009)



Daniel Nolan, ‘Consequentialism and Side Constraints’, pp. 5-22

Maria Merritt, ‘Aristotelian Virtue and the Interpersonal Aspect of Ethical Character’, pp. 23-49

Liezl van Zyl, ‘Agent-based Virtue Ethics and the Problem of Action Guidance’, pp. 50-69

Sterling Lynch, ‘The Fact of Diversity and Reasonable Pluralism’, pp. 70-93

Yuval Eylon, ‘Just Threats’, pp. 94-108

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