Monthly Archives: March 2010

Sen, ‘The Idea of Justice’ (Chapter 5, Impartiality and Objectivity)

In this chapter, Sen weaves together three different lines of thought: Wollstonecraft’s critique of Burke, impartiality as a minimalist basis for evaluative objectivity, and the role of convention in the relations among facts and values. 1. Sen identifies two features … Continue reading

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Sen, ‘The Idea of Justice’ (Chapter 4, Voice and Social Choice)

This chapter tells us more about Sen’s understanding of the ‘transcendental’/comparative distinction. I’m not going to cover all (or even most) of the points he raises in this chapter. Instead, I want to raise a question that builds on a … Continue reading

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CFP: Democracy and Legitimacy: Dealing with Extremism

CEU Budapest: 22-23 July 2010 | CFP: 30 April 2010 Please submit a 400 words abstract, suitable for blind review to molesA [at] ceu.hu or to MiklosiZ [at] ceu.hu before the 30 April 2010. The conference is fee of charge, … Continue reading

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Symposium on David Estlund’s Democratic Authority

I am delighted to announce that the journal Representation has just published a symposium on David Estlund’s book, Democratic Authority. The symposium – which includes papers by Ben Saunders, Andrew Lister, myself, and a reply from David Estlund – grew out of the reading … Continue reading

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Sen’s ‘The Idea of Justice’ (Chapter 2, ‘Rawls and Beyond’)

As its title suggests, this chapter is a critical discussion of Rawls’s political philosophy.  However, the chapter is not Sen’s only critical treatment of Rawls’s ideas in the book: some criticisms noted in the ‘Introduction’ are not developed here but … Continue reading

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Workshop on ‘Toleration and Respect’ – Manchester Metropolitan University

Workshops in Political Theory, Seventh Annual Conference Manchester Metropolitan University, 1-3 September 2010 TOLERATION AND RESPECT: CONCEPTS, JUSTIFICATIONS AND APPLICATIONS Conveners: Emanuela Ceva (Institute for Advanced Study, University of Pavia) Sune Laegaard (Roskilde University) Federico Zuolo (Institute for Advanced Study, … Continue reading

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