Monthly Archives: June 2011

Res Publica postgraduate essay prize

Postgraduate Essay Prize, 2011Res Publica: A Journal of Moral, Legal and Social Philosophy

For the seventh year running, Res Publica will be awarding a prize for the best paper submitted by a current postgraduate student in 2011.  This may be in any area of moral, legal, social or political philosophy. Entries should conform to the normal requirements for submissions – please see the website address below for details. 

All entries must be received by 15 October 2011, with the winner to be announced early in 2012  The winner will receive £100 and a year’s subscription to the journal.  The winning essay will be published in Volume 18 (2012).

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Podcast: New Books in Philosophy

Hello Public Reasoners!

I write to announce a new podcast, New Books in Philosophy. Carrie Figdor (U of Iowa) and I co-host the podcast, and each episode features an in-depth interview with an author of a newly-published philosophy book. Interviews will be posted on the 1st and 15th of each month. The inaugural interview, posted today, is with Eric Schwitzgebel (UC Riverside), author of Perplexities of Consciousness (MIT Press). An interview with Jerry Gaus (Arizona), author of The Order of Public Reason (Cambridge University Press), will be posted on July 1st. Upcoming podcasts include interviews with Robert Pasnau, Sandy Goldberg, Carolyn Korsmeyer, Fabienne Peter, Jason Brennan, Allen Buchanan, Elizabeth Anderson, and others. Please click over to the NBiP site, and check out what we’re doing.

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Summer 2011 APT Virtual Reading Group: NOT FOR PROFIT by Martha Nussbaum

This summer, the Association for Political Theory will host its first virtual reading group (VRG). The purpose of the virtual reading group is to create a space for a profession-wide discussion on topics of shared interest to political theorists and philosophers, a discussion that will culminate in a round-table discussion during the meeting itself.  All members of APT are invited to participate, including those who will not be able to participate in the conference this year.  Part of the purpose of the virtual reading group is to expand the reach of the high quality conversations among APT members beyond the physical space of the conference.

The 2011 APT Program Committee has selected Martha Nussbaum’s Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities as the subject of discussion.  We believe that the themes of the book connect to the professional, pedagogical, and political concerns that are of interest to many members of the organization, and we hope that Not for Profit will serve as a launching pad for a broader discussion in the profession.

APT members can participate in the VRG at http://aptvrg2011.blogspot.com/ , by submitting comments to the blog (please note that comments cannot be anonymous). Each week, from June 6-August 5, 2011, participants will discuss a new chapter of the book.  All members of APT are invited to participate in virtual discussion.  The VRG will culminate in a round-table session at the annual conference in October featuring Fred Dallmayr (University of Notre Dame) and Arlene Saxonhouse (University of Michigan).  Both the virtual reading group and the round-table session will be co-chaired by Lisa Ellis and Peyton Wofford of Texas A&M University.

Our conversations will get started each week by a guest commentator who will post some reflections and provocations about the chapter.  Then, APT members are invited to participate in the reading group by reading the relevant chapters and posting on the blog.

[APT membership is free; to join, please click this link.]

The schedule is below the fold:

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CFP Deliberative Democracy, Interests and Partisanship, MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory, 31 Aug – 2 Sept 2011

MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory, 8th Annual Conference

Manchester, 31 August – 2 September 2011

Call for papers: Deliberative Democracy, Interests and Partisanship

In the last few years the mainstream theory of deliberative democracy has been criticized because it underestimates the value and role of self-interest and partisanship in the political arena. For this reason, deliberative democracy has been accused of (i) lacking any capacity for guidance in real politics (practical critique), (ii) misrepresenting the very nature of politics (ontological critique) and (iii) excluding the least advantaged and their perspectives from the political realm (normative critique). Should these critiques lead to a revision of the deliberative ideal? And if so, along which lines?

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