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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New Textbook on “Ethics and World Politics”

Hello all, I’ve just edited a textbook on “Ethics and World Politics” for Oxford University Press, which may be of interest to those teaching global justice or cognate areas. The book is aimed at advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in political … Continue reading

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Sen, ‘The Idea of Justice’ (Chapter 6, Closed and Open Impartiality)

In this chapter Sen presents a distinction between ‘open’ and ‘closed’ impartiality. He argues that closed impartiality suffers from a number of significant limitations which ought to lead us to favour open impartiality. In this post I will briefly summarize … Continue reading

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Conferences in Montreal: “Hegel After Spinoza” and “Basic Income at a Time of Economic Upheaval”

Two conferences coming up in Montreal:April 9-10, 2010Hegel After Spinoza: A SymposiumFriday – 4:00 pmKeynote AddressJohn McCumberNature vs. Spirit: Hegel’s Reconciliation with SpinozaSaturday – 10:00 amJason Read”Desire is Man’s Very Essence”: Spinoza and Hegel as Philosophers of TransindividualityCaroline Williams Thinking … Continue reading

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