Monthly Archives: October 2010

Conference: The Margins of Citizenship

Conference: The Margins of Citizenship

Citizenship is a central concept in normative political philosophy, law, and public policy. It marks out those to whom we owe special attention, those who have the right to determine their society’s shape, and those who can command the full set of entitlements made available by the state. Full citizenship is a highly prized position. Many members of society, however lack the full status of citizenship, because they do not possess the full set of citizenship rights (resident aliens, children, prisoners), and/or because, even if they do, economic forces and social norms tend to push them to the margins. Equal citizenship continues to be the site of social struggle. The object of this conference is to reflect upon the margins of citizenship, to investigate the nature of partial citizenship and whether it can be justified, and to consider what marginal citizenship implies for the concept of citizenship itself, as well as allied ideas such as social justice and rights.


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European Journal of Political Theory 9(4) 2010: Special Issue, Realism and Political Theory

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Richard North

Political realism: Introduction

William A Galston

Realism in political theory

Richard Bellamy

Dirty hands and clean gloves: Liberal ideals and real politics

John Horton

Realism, liberal moralism and a political theory of modus vivendi

Glen Newey

Two dogmas of liberalism

Mark Philp

What is to be done? Political theory and political realism

Matt Sleat

Bernard Williams and the possibility of a realist political theory

Enzo Rossi


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Advice for article reviewers: what is best practice?

Readers may be familiar with my “Publishing Advice for Graduate Students” which addressed issues from publishing book reviews and conference proceedings to replies, full length articles, and submitting book contracts successfully. I have been genuinely thrilled by its reception as it struck me that there was a real dearth of helpful advice on the subject available. Students only had to hope for an insighful supervisor to teach them the ropes previously.

I am now beginning work on “How to Peer Review” which will address substantive, practical advice on how to best conduct reviews of journal articles and book proposals. This seems to be the new area where good information is lacking.


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Studies in Moral Philosophy book series

I am delighted to announce a new book series in moral philosophy:

Studies in Moral Philosophy is a new book series affiliated with the Journal of Moral Philosophy. This new series will publish books in all areas of normative philosophy, including applied ethics and metaethics, as well as moral, legal, and political theory. Research book proposals exploring non-Western traditions are also welcome. The series seeks to promote lively discussions and debates among the wider philosophical community by publishing work that avoids unnecessary jargon without sacrificing academic rigour.

Prospective authors interested in contributing to this series should contact the Series Editor, Thom Brooks, in the first instance.


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CFP: International Conference on Challenging Citizenship, Portugal, 2011

Call for Papers:

International Conference

Challenging Citizenship

Organization: Centre for Social Studies (CES), University of Coimbra, Portugal

When? June 3–4, 2011

Where? Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra

Language: English, with simultaneous translation into Portuguese

Conference website:

Confirmed invited speakers:

·        James Tully, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada – Keynote

·        Boaventura de Sousa Santos,Centre for Social Studies, Coimbra, Portugal

·        Duncan Ivison, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia


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19th Century Philosophy: How to make it coherent and interesting?

The 19th Century Philosophically is full of exciting developments that changed our world and that changed philosophy.  The problem that I’ve been having as I work to put together a syllabus for a seminar on it in the spring is that I am tired of a 19th Century course that either just shows the development of German Idealism or that is a hodgepodge of stuff from the aforesaid idealists, utilitarians, darwinians, pragmatists, and positivists (though I think the latter approach better represents the century).  I want to make my course both coherent and interesting, while being faithful to the diversity of approaches found in the anglo-american and european traditions during this time.  My solution follows.  I would love comments that would help me to flesh out this idea (maybe suggesting primary texts that I might use) or to firm the idea up a bit and to focus it. Basically, what I want to do is look at the relationship between scientific knowledge and political power in the 19th Century.  I am thinking of using Rabinow’s French Modern to give some context and to look particularly at theory of and for colonization.  In addition to this anchor text, I plan on looking at Fichte’s Foundations of Natural Right, Bentham on laws, the panopticon and some of his plans for housing of the poor, Saint-Simon, Comte (of course), Marx and Engels, Mill on philosophy of science, and Herbert Spencer.  I would love some other figures to check out, especially women philosophers as this list is unfortunately bereft of them.  Will the idea fly?  Am I not really doing 19th Century Philosophy if I follow through with this plan?  Will I have harmed my students’ philosophical education if I don’t teach Hegel and Nietzsche?


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