Monthly Archives: September 2009

Book Event on Susan Moller Okin at Stanford University

The Stanford political science department, in conjunction with the Ethics in Society Center and other campus programs, is hosting a special event on Friday, October 16 at 4pm.  It is open to the public.

The occasion is the release of a new edited book on the work of our late colleague Susan Moller Okin, Toward a Humanist Justice.

The event will also feature some brief remarks by Kavita Ramdas, the president of the Global Fund for Women, an organization Susan worked with and to which go all proceeds from the sale of the book.

Please feel free to share this invitation with others.

Okin Book Event

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Dissensus – N°2 – e-journal in political philosophy

We are pleased to announce the second issue of Dissensus, focused on “Figures du courage politique dans la philosophie moderne et contemporaine”, directed by G. Jeanmart and L. Blesin, with contributions of G. Jeanmart, E. Tassin, M.-A. Gavray, A. Stevens, J. Pieron, R. Alvarenga, R. Gely, L. Blesin, A. Loute and T. Menissier.

Dissensus is the University of Liege (Belgium) peer-reviewed electronic journal in political philosophy. Papers are welcome, in English or French and are to be sent to secretariat.dissensus [at]

Dissensus is available on and

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Tuck on the Rationality of Voting: A Critical Note

Some of you may be familiar with Richard Tuck’s recent book Free Riding. It’s a fascinating and valuable work, but I think much of the central argument, especially about the rationality of voting, is deeply flawed. Anyways, here’s a link to my short critical note on Tuck at JESP: Tuck on the Rationality of Voting: A Critical Note.

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VII Pavia Graduate Conference in Political Philosophy

VII Pavia Graduate Conference in Political Philosophy, 24-25 September 2009.

Sponsored by HDCP/IRC- Human Development, Capability and Poverty International Research Centre at IUSS-Institute for Advanced Study (Pavia) under the joint patronage of the Italian Society for Political Philosophy and the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy.


9-9.30 Registration

9.30-11 Plenary Session
Chair: Ian Carter (University of Pavia)
Michael Otsuka (University College London), Risking Life and Limb

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Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought

The Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought (APT) was formally established on 9 January 2009 at the Oxford Political Thought Conference. A constitution was agreed as were the executive officers, including Professor Richard Bellamy (UCL, Chair), Elizabeth Frazer (New College, Oxford, Treasurer) and Thom Brooks (Newcastle, Secretary). A complete list of all the committee and the text of the constitution is available on the Association Web Site at

The decision to create this Association was taken at the previous conference in 2008. Its aim is to promote the study of all branches of political thought.  The study of political thought tends to be dispersed within and across a number of different disciplines – political science, philosophy, history, law, sociology, economics, and cultural and literary studies, amongst others – and to involve a wide variety of approaches. As a result, the distinctive interests and concerns of this subfield risk being lost because so much academic policy focuses on addressing the main branches of the disciplines within which political thought is to be found –  and the fact that political thought often challenges the boundaries of these disciplines makes it even easier to ignore or marginalise. The foundation of the APT is intended to address two main dimensions of this situation: read more...

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The search for articles about Kant’s political philosophy

Hello everyone,
I’m Rafal Wonicki, the Assistant Professor at the Institute of Philosophy (University of Warsaw, Poland) and I prepare the volume concerning American and German interpretation of Kant’s political philosophy in one of the Polish Philosophical Journals. This number will concern the relation between Kant’s morality and politics (public and private autonomy, freedom and power). I was wondering if anyone of fellow public reasoners could recommend me a good article that describe the Kant’s political theory from the liberal perspective of the rule of law. I was thinking about some papers of N. MacCormik or W. Howard but maybe you have better ideas. Thanks for any suggestion.
Rafal Wonicki

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