Monthly Archives: January 2011

OPR, Ch.2.5: Revisionist Theories

Summary Sections 2.5 and 2.6 form the core argument of this chapter. These sections can be studied independently of each other, but I think it worthwhile to first take a look at how they work together to support Gaus’ main … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: Conference on Value Inquiry, topic “Liberty, Equality, and Business” (proposals due SOON).

I just received a call for papers through the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics list that might be of interest to Public Reason members.  As you’ll see, it’s encouraging submissions very soon (within a few days for best chance … Continue reading

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CFP: Association for Legal and Social Philosophy 2011

Warwick: 4-6 July 2011 | CFP: 15 March 2011 The 2011 conference of the Association for Legal and Social Philosophy will be held at the University of Warwick on 4-6 July 2011. The theme of the conference is “Authority, Legitimacy … Continue reading

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OPR Ch. 2.4: The Instrumentalist Approach to Social Order

Summary This section begins with a question that Gauthier poses, one that Gaus thinks we ought to take very seriously: why pay attention to morality’s demands when those demands can be so restrictive? Where does morality get the authority to … Continue reading

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OPR Ch. 1.3: Evaluative Diversity and the Problem of Indeterminacy

Summary Gaus begins this section by describing a Kantian proposal for how to reconcile the freedom and equality of persons with the authority of morality. First, we bracket our private ends-those things that divide us. Second, we focus on those … Continue reading

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OPR, Ch.I.2: Moral Authority among Free and Equal Persons

OPR attempts to show how moral authority can is possible despite disagreement among free and equal persons about the nature of morality. To do so, we must determine what moral authority is and the challenges it raises. Section 2 might … Continue reading

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OPR, Ch.I.1: Social Morality

Section 1 has a simple aim: to introduce Gaus’s distinctive concept of “social morality” and to describe its central features. Social morality is “the basic framework for a cooperative and mutually beneficial social life” and “provides rules that we are … Continue reading

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OPR: Preface

The Order of Public Reason opens with concerns about how contemporary political philosophy is practiced. Gaus argues that political philosophers artificially divide up core questions in order to make their jobs easier. Instead, they miss vital connections between these questions. … Continue reading

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The Order of Public Reason Reading Group: Schedule

This post is intended to serve as a reference point for all posts relating to our reading group on Jerry Gaus’s The Order of Public Reason. Below you will find our reading schedule and discussant list. We are going to … Continue reading

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Genealogies of Political Authority

Hello all. I’ve recently published an article that may be of interest to readers of Public Reason, in particular those of you who are interested in questions relating to the normative status of political authority. I’m currently planning a sequel … Continue reading

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CEU Summer University: Justice: Theory and Its Applications

The CEU Summer University JUSTICE: THEORY AND ITS APPLICATIONS July 4-15, 2011 Budapest, Hungary Faculty: Peter Vallentyne, University of Missouri-Columbia, Department of Philosophy, Columbia, USA Andrew Williams, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Catalan Institute of Research and Advanced Studies, Barcelona, Spain Matthew … Continue reading

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Which philosophy journal do you think is best?

Readers are encouraged to visit this link where they can vote for their favourite philosophy journals. The choice is fairly comprehensive with nearly 130 journals listed and more added daily. There have been more than 10,000 votes registered and there … Continue reading

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Bibliography for Sufficientarianism

For a number of years I have been compiling a bibliography for “sufficientarianism”, a position in distributive justice. Political and moral philosophers interested in distributive justice and distributive ethics may find this a helpful resource and it is, as far … Continue reading

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Membership Updates

A quick housekeeping post: We now have about 650 registered users around the world. Most of these are registered as members, but quite a few are participants. (The former can publish new posts whereas the latter can comment only.) My … Continue reading

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The Order of Public Reason Reading Group Begins Monday, January 17th

This post is an announcement that our spring reading group on Gerald Gaus’s new The Order of Public Reason reading group begins a week from today on January 17th. We have a number of fabulous contributors who will take on various sections … Continue reading

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Experimental Study-Community Suggestions

Hi everyone – I will be performing an experimental study in the near future on the causal bases of moral and political intuitions.  I am presently in the process of formulating which moral and political intuitions to test.  I presently … Continue reading

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Excellent Philosophy MA program accepting applications

Hi all-Just thought I would let people know that if you happen to have undergrads who you think might be well served by an excellent MA program, Georgia State is now accepting applications for acceptance with Fellowships and Scholarships. Our … Continue reading

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Dissertation Fellowship in Educational Diversity

Middlebury College Dissertation Fellowship As part of Middlebury’s commitment to promote faculty and student diversity, this one-year fellowship, which may be extended to a second year, provides support to doctoral candidates to complete dissertations in any discipline, to cultivate effective … Continue reading

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CFP: Association for Political Theory 2011

Notre Dame: 13-15 October 2011| CFP: 15 February 2011 The Association for Political Theory (APT) invites proposals for its ninth annual conference, October 13-15, 2011, at the University of Notre Dame.  To learn more about the Association and its annual … Continue reading

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