Monthly Archives: April 2010

Res Publica: postgraduate essay prize 2010

Postgraduate Essay Prize, 2010 Res Publica: A Journal of Moral, Legal and Social Philosophy For the sixth year running, Res Publica (the journal of the Association for Legal and Social Philosophy) will be awarding a prize for the best paper … Continue reading

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Sen, ‘The Idea of Justice’ (Chapter 9, ‘Plurality of Impartial Reasons’)

This chapter continues in the vein of the preceding ones by using Rawls as a foil in order to lay out some general concepts that presumably will be developed in the second half of the book.  Accordingly, many of my … Continue reading

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Frankfurt conference on International Political Theory

German political theorists and IR-specialists are hosting a three-day-conference on International Political Theory in Frankfurt/Main from June 10-12, 2010. While most papers and the bulk of the discussion will be in German, there will be one English language panel on … Continue reading

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Sen Reading Group Schedule Note

Dear Public Reasoners, As some of you may have noticed already, the comment for chapter 8 has not been posted yet.  I regret that I did not notice this myself until today (I have been preoccupied with some unexpected difficulties … Continue reading

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Sen, The Idea of Justice (Chapter 7, “Position, Relevance, and Illusion”)

In this chapter, which is the first of four in the “Forms of Reasoning” section, Sen develops what might be called, for lack of a better term, an ethical epistemology. That is, he aims for a middle way between the … Continue reading

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Political Essays

Here are two questions that strike me as worth thinking about. Say you wanted to teach a liberal arts-style freshman seminar that introduced students to the idea of reflecting on politics and society, but you didn’t want to turn it … Continue reading

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