Monthly Archives: February 2011

OPR IV.13 The Reasons One Has

As Keith pointed out in his last post, Section 13 is one of the most important, and likely to be one of the most controversial, sections of The Order of Public Reason.  Although there have been a lot of controversial … Continue reading

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Call for Papers – 9th Pavia Graduate Conference in Political Philosophy

On the 22nd and 23rd of September 2011, the Human Development, Capability and Poverty International Research Centre of the Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia and the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Pavia (Italy), under the joint … Continue reading

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OPR IV.12: Moral Emotions and Moral Autonomy

My apologies for posting this a little bit late. I came down with something and couldn’t get the comments put together as quickly as I had hoped and then ran into some compatibility issues with Word Press and my browser. … Continue reading

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OPR IV.11: Moral Demands and the Moral Emotions

Now that we’re moving into the fourth chapter of the book (and the second month of the reading group) I thought that it would be helpful to begin my comments by briefly summarizing the ground that we’ve already covered. Doing … Continue reading

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CFP: MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory 2011

Eighth Annual Conference: August 31-September 2nd 2011 http://manceptworkshops.wordpress.com/ Final Call for Convenors – Deadline for Submission: 28th February  From 2011, the Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT) in Politics at the University of Manchester will be organizing the annual Political Theory … Continue reading

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OPR III.10: Moral Rules as Social Rules

Chapter 9 concluded with the requirement that an adequate account of social rules must be able explain how rule-based reasons can generally override, and yet be somehow responsive to, the other kinds of normative reasons we consider in our deliberations.  … Continue reading

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Journal of Moral Philosophy launches new submission system

I am delighted to announce that the Journal of Moral Philosophy has launched our new online electronic submission system. Please either visit our online submission page to submit new work: http://www.editorialmanager.com/jmpbrill/ The JMP normally reviews papers in 6-8 weeks or … Continue reading

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Extended Deadline – Summer University on 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 ofPhilosophy, Columbia, USA; Andrew Williams, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Catalan Institute of Researchand Advanced Studies, Barcelona, Spain; Matthew Clayton, University … Continue reading

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Announcement/CFP: Postgraduate Conference on Rights and Cultural Diversity (University of Stirling)

4th Postgraduate Conference in Law and Philosophy, University of Stirling: 28-29 May 2011 CFP: 25 March 2011  Keynote Speakers Professor Andrew Simester, Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge and Professor of Law, National University of Singapore Professor David Archard, Professor of … Continue reading

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Egyptian protest and political theorist Gene Sharp

Colleagues, my first post to public reason… As a political theorist, I was surprised to read, in the article below in the NYT, of the influence of Gene Sharp, a political theorist (with a D.Phil from Oxford and a lengthy … Continue reading

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OPR III.9: The Rationality of Rules

Human beings are social and rule-following creatures.  Gaus has been arguing that our status as rule-followers is central to explaining our social character – that the development of cheater detection and punishment was necessary for the evolution of complex social … Continue reading

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CfP: 7th CEU conference in Social Sciences

CfP: 7th CEU conference in Social Sciences: The Normative Significance of the Crisis Chair: Andres Moles (molesa@ceu.hu), Central European University We are as yet uncertain of the effects the recent crisis will have. We have even less certainty about  the … Continue reading

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Brave New World 2011: Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS – Deadline for submission of abstract: 11th April 2011 Brave New World 2011, the Fifteenth Annual Postgraduate Conference organised under the auspices of the Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT), will take place on Monday 27th and … Continue reading

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OPR III.8: Deontic Reasoning

Society depends upon rules—we cannot live together successfully without some shared set of social rules. But what exactly is a rule, and how do people act upon them?Quoting Gaus, “Rules…identify certain general characteristics or properties, and issue directives for actions … Continue reading

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Legitimacy 2.0 – E-democracy and Public Opinion in the Digital Age

Call for Papers Special Workshop at the World Congress of Philosophy of Law (IVR) Frankfurt, 15-19 August 2011 Short summary E-democracy aims for broader and more active Internet-enhanced citizenship involvement but can there be any “democracy” after representative democracy? Should … Continue reading

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MA Programmes in Political Philosophy at the University of York (UK) (funded places available)

I would be most grateful if readers of Public Reason could draw this posting to the attention of any current finalists or recent graduates who might be interested in pursuing graduate study in Political Philosophy. The Department of Politics at the … Continue reading

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Tulane Center for Ethics and Public Affairs Fellowships

New application deadline: 7 March 2011 The deadline for the 2010-11 fellowships at Tulane’s Center for Ethics and Public Affairs has been extended until 7 March 2011. Please also note that the fellowship amount is $60,000 for the two semesters. … Continue reading

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OPR, Ch. 3.7: The Evolution of Rule-Following Punishers

Social cooperation is good—we do better with it than without. But social cooperation depends upon trust—we need to be able to count on others being cooperative and disinclined to cheat, break the rules, take advantage of us, and so on. … Continue reading

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OPR, Ch. 2.6: Orthodox Instrumentalism

Summary We saw in section 2.5 that Gaus gives his refutations of attempts to derive principles of morality with revisionist accounts of rational choice in interactive contexts (again, game theoretic contexts). In section 2.6 Gaus considers what he takes to … Continue reading

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Conference: Property, Markets, and Morality

PROPERTY, MARKETS, AND MORALITY 18-20 March, University of North Carolina Greensboro Speakers: Hillel Steiner (University of Manchester), “Greed and Fear” Richard Arneson (UC San Diego), “What is Wrong with Working for a Boss?” Daniel Russell (Wichita State University), “Capabilities, Redistribution, … Continue reading

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