Monthly Archives: March 2011

OPR VII.19: Coordinating on a Morality

On Gaus section 19 I should preface these remarks with the proviso that I am simply a guest blogger for this section, filling in for someone who dropped out, and have been unable to follow the earlier discussion in the … Continue reading

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The Art of Theory

Via Jason Swadley at Brown, a new online political philosophy quarterly: The Art of Theory. This issue contains an interview with Michael Sandel, pieces by John McCormick and Sharon Krause, and a roundtable discussion of Ryan Patrick Hanley’s Adam Smith … Continue reading

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Petition on the AHRC and “The Big Society”

The petition can be found here and I urge readers to consider signing it. It makes a point of principle, not politics: that the UK-based Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) — which funds research in areas such as law and … Continue reading

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Most Cited Works in Political Theory

As part of a project to assess the relative impact of different works of political theory I ran a google scholar citation search on the authors listed below.  Works had to be at least 10 years old, and with a … Continue reading

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Conference: Truth and Justice. Normative Questions, Political Practices

13-14 April 2011, Milan, Faculty of Political Science, Via Conservatorio 7 Program April 13th , 2011 9.00: Welcome Address Marco Maraffi (Department of Social and Political Studies) Maurizio Ferrera (Graduate School in Social Economic and Political Sciences) 9.30: Justice, Truth, … Continue reading

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OPR VI.18 Jurisdictional Rights

At the end of Chapter 17 we saw that the argument from abstraction cannot provide the determinate moral rules that are needed for social coordination.  Members of the public are left with a set of optimal eligible interpretations of the … Continue reading

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CFP: ‘Procreation Politics: Rights and Duties of Bringing Children in the World’, MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory, 31.08 – 02-09 2011

This workshop examines various aspects related to the ethics and politics of procreation. Although we often think of procreation as an essentially natural act, in reality states commonly engage in procreation politics” directly affecting children, their parents, and third-party non-parents. … Continue reading

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Workshop on “Methods of Interpretation and the Politics of Hermeneutics”, MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory 2011

Call for Papers for the MANCEPT Workshop Methods of Interpretation and the Politics of Hermeneutics 31st August- 2nd September 2011, University of Manchester Political theorists have responded somewhat ambiguously to the ‘interpretive turn’ that shaped the humanities and social sciences … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Ethics of Voting

Hi everyone, I’m pleased to announce my book The Ethics of Voting (Princeton University Press) is now published. You can read the introduction here. (I get about $3.00 in royalties if you buy it, so here are links to Amazon, … Continue reading

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OPR VI.17. Arguments from Abtraction and the Claims of Agency

Summary of OPR.VI.17 Chapter VI begins by reminding us of an important conclusion from the previous chapter, namely, that the Members of the Public (MoP) will be confronted with a large set of rules of social morality, and that with … Continue reading

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Keele University Considers Closing Philosophy Dept.

Keele University is considering closing its philosophy department. Anyone concerned should join this facebook group for more details on how they can help fight it.  Alumni and others concerned by this are encouraged to write emails to this address: savekeelephilosophy@groups.facebook.com … Continue reading

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OPR V.16 Evaluating Proposals and the Problem of Indeterminacy

After specifying formal constraints on proposals (V.15), this section focuses on how to evaluate them, especially under conditions of indeterminacy. As with the previous section, I provide a summary of the major arguments and then raise some preliminary questions. I … Continue reading

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CONF: DEMOCRACY AND ITS CRITICS: ANCIENT AND MODERN

The Political Thought Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom will be holding a one-day conference on “Democracy and its Critics: Ancient and Modern” at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford University on 22 October 2011 (tentative date and venue). Below … Continue reading

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Motivation and Global Justice Workshop

 Motivation and Global Justice Workshop 22-23 June 2011 University of York On 22-23 June, the Political Philosophy group at the University of York will host a workshop on ‘Motivation and Global Justice’. The aim of the workshop is to consider … Continue reading

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OPR V.15 Proposals

This post provides a summary of Section V.15 and then raises some preliminary questions. Summary In the last section (V.14), Gaus advanced the Basic Principle of Public Justification and developed a Deliberative Model for determining whether social morality satisfies that … Continue reading

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2011 Montreal Political Theory Manuscript Workshop Award

The Groupe de recherche en philosophie politique de Montréal (GRIPP) is pleased to announce a one-day workshop dedicated to the 2011 winner of the Annual Montreal Political Theory Manuscript Workshop Award, “Radical Cosmopolitics: The Ethics and Politics of Democratic Universalism,” … Continue reading

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2011 ASPLP Conference on Federalism and Subsidiarity

The 2011 meeting of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy will be on the topic of “Federalism and Subsidiarity” and will be held during this year’s APSA, September 1-4, in Seattle.  Our conference, to be held on a single day … Continue reading

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New Book — Reconstructing Rawls: The Kantian Foundations of Justice as Fairness

Hi folks, Just wanted to make a shameless plug for my new book, which may be of interest to some of you. Here’s a link to the book’s PSUP website (which has further links to Amazon, etc.) and a synopsis. … Continue reading

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OPR V.14 Part 3: Resentment / Indignation vs. Authority

I summarized Section 14 in a separate post; here I want to raise a question about the reactive attitudes and authority claims that Gaus argues are essential parts of our ordinary moral practices. For the purposes of this post, I … Continue reading

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OPR V.14 Part 2: Sincerity and Shared Reasons

I summarized Section 14 in a previous post; here I raise some critical points about the question of whether public justifiability should include a shared reasons requirement, and how this relates to sincerity in public deliberation. Gaus rejects the requirement … Continue reading

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