Monthly Archives: July 2009

Hillel Steiner Conference 20-21 November, 2009

The Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT) is delighted to announce a conference celebrating the career of our distinguished colleague, Professor Hillel Steiner. Professor Steiner’s pioneering work on freedom, rights, exploitation, and justice has profoundly influenced moral, political, and legal philosophy over the last forty years. This conference will bring together scholars from around the world to discuss some of the central themes from Professor Steiner’s work. Participants will include:

  • Ian Carter (University of Pavia)
  • Eve Garrard (University of Manchester)
  • Alan Hamlin (University of Manchester)
  • Matthew Kramer (University of Cambridge)
  • William Lucy (University of Manchester)
  • Eric Mack (Tulane University)
  • David Miller (University of Oxford)
  • Serena Olsaretti (University of Cambridge)
  • Michael Otsuka (University College London)
  • Jonathan Quong (University of Manchester)
  • Zofia Stemplowska (University of Reading)
  • Peter Vallentyne (University of Missouri)
  • Philippe Van Parijs (Universite catholique de Louvain)
  • Jonathan Wolff (University College London)

Registration for the conference is now open, and the booking form can be found, along with a provisional conference schedule at:


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Human Rights and Liberal Toleration

An updated (thanks for the comments!) working draft (now with citations/footnotes) of my “Human Rights and Liberal Toleration” has been posted to

I would be most grateful for additional comments and suggestions (to this site or to me directly).  An earlier and much shorter version was presented at the APA Central this past spring; those who provided helpful comments on that occasion will, hopefully, not be disappointed by this continuation of the effort.

Wishing everyone the best for the remainder of the summer (in the Northern Hemisphere). 


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CFP: Religious Toleration

Via David Shoemaker at PEA Soup:

The Philosophy of Religion Group is issuing a call for papers for its session at the 2010 American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting on the topic of Religious Toleration. 

In the seventeenth century many European philosophers were deeply concerned with religious intolerance that spawned intra- and inter-national violence on a massive scale. Locke, Spinoza, Bayle and others famously drafted arguments aimed at providing religious partisans with reasons for tolerating more religious diversity in their midst than they might otherwise have been inclined to allow. While the arguments these philosophers made may have been influential in the development of religious toleration in Europe and North America in the 18th Century, it is not clear that they have as much appeal in the contemporary West or elsewhere in the world. This session will be devoted to revisiting the topic of religious toleration both to examine its philosophical roots and its contemporary cogency.


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MMU Workshops in Political Theory

Manchester: Workshops in Political Theory Sixth Annual Conference: 2-4 September 2009The sixth annual conference of the Workshops in Political Theory will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University from 2-4 September 2009. Those wishing to participate should contact the relevant workshop convenor and register before 30 July (or pay a £10 late fee). The workshops are:

  1. Politics, Morals and Economics in Adam Smith. Fotini Vaki (Ionian University, Corfu) and Raquel Lázaro (University of Navarre, Spain)
  2. Ethics in Environmental Health Research and Public Health Applications. Birgit Dumez (Center for Human Genetics, Leuven, Belgium) and Casteleyn Ludwine (Center for Human Genetics, Leuven, Belgium)
  3. Conflict and Compromise. Peter Jones (Newcastle University) and Ian O’Flynn (Newcastle University)
  4. Political Theory and the Darwinian Revolution. Graeme Garrard (Cardiff University)
  5. ‘Age Discrimination’? Geoffrey Cupit (University of Waikato, New Zealand)
  6. International Political Theory. Peter Such (Cardiff University)
  7. Liberal Realism: Political Theory in an Age of Insecurity. Derek Edyvane (Leeds University) and Matt Sleat (Sheffield University)
  8. Beyond Borders: Drawing New Lines around Political Order. Noel Parker (University of Copenhagen) and Nick Vaughen-Williams (Exeter University)
  9. Roundtable on Julia Kristeva and Political Thought. Birgit Schippers (St. Mary’s University College, Belfast)
  10. Children, Families, and Justice. Philip Cook (LSE)
  11. Hobbes. Michael P. Krom (St. Vincent College, Pennsylvania)
  12. Feminist Theory. Janice Richardson (Exeter University) and Annelies Decatm (University of Leuven)
  13. Eurocentrism in Political Theory. Efe Can Gurgan (Koç University)
  14. When Should Philosophy be Practical: On Ideal and Non-Ideal Theory. Robert Jubb (University of Oxford) and James Gledhill (LSE)
  15. Marxism. Mark Cowling (University of Teesside)
  16. Anarchism. Ruth Kinna (Loughborough University)
  17. Green Political Theory.Stijn Neuteleers  (Leuven University) and  Corey Maciver (Oxford University)
  18. Human Enhancement and Justice. David Hunter (University of Keele), Michael Selgelid (Australian National University) and Anthony Mark Cutter (Central Lancashire)
  19. Democracy: Theory and Practice. Stephen Elstub (University of the West of Scotland)
  20. Contesting Recognition. Atnre Alleyne (University of Delaware)
  21. Vilfredo Pareto. Joe Femia (University of Liverpool) and Alasdair Marshall, (University of Southampton)
  22. Justice in Work and Production. Keith Breen (Queen’s University Belfast) and Russell Keat (University of Edinburgh)
  23. The Problem of Dirty hands. Stephen de Wijze (University of Manchester)
  24. British idealism. David Boucher (Cardiff University)
  25. Art and Politics: Towards a Culture of Solidarity?Larry Wilde (Nottingham Trent University) and Ian Fraser (Nottingham Trent University)

Further details from the website:

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The Democratic Peace is Not Democratic: On Behalf of Rawls’s Decent Societies.

Hello everyone,

The democratic peace is secured not simply (if at all) through explicitly democratic institutions as such, but through a number of social and political norms and institutions commonly associated with democracies. In The Law of Peoples, John Rawls claims that the conditions that secure the peace between democracies can be found in his non-democratic, non-liberal ‘decent’ societies too. I argue that the situation is more complex than Rawls suggests, but that he is still largely correct. Since decent societies pose no special threat to global peace, the democratic peace thesis does not justify efforts to democratize them. This argument is part of Rawls’s larger defense of decent societies.


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