Monthly Archives: July 2011

Teoria politica – Call for Papers

International Journal of Theory of Politics – Teoria politica

Obedience and consent in contemporary political systems
Why do we obey one another? How many forms, reasons and/or irrational motives are there behind obedience and disobedience? In Western democracies, passive acquiescence or slothful obedience is widespread: Similar phenomena have been described as «voluntary servitude» (La Boétie), acceptance of «mild despotism» (Tocqueville), effect of «massdemobilization» (Wolin). Today, civil liability is interrupted by episodes of protests and transgressions yet such reactions seem to run out of steam with short notice, without having had any significant effect on the general political arrangements. How are such reactions related to people’s profound mistrust in current institutions (Rosanvallon)? Is apathy here best understood as anti-politics and a font of populist degeneration? More generally, what relationships are there between democracy and consent? What kind of consent? By whom? For whom or for what, on whom or on what? How can we measure the distance between critical and uncritical consent, free and manipulated consent or consent extorted by threats and flattery, or shaped by dreams and nightmares forged by the media, or consent that is simply bought? Which forms of consent grounds «audience democracy» (Manin)? Are these phenomena specific toestablished democracies? Is it different elsewhere? Does the so-called Arab spring offer a «fourth wave» of democratization?


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CFA: Visiting Fulbright Chair in the Theory and Practice of Constitutionalism and Federalism, McGill University, 2012-13

Application deadline: August 1
Stipend: $25,000 for one-semester or yearlong visitorship
Eligibility and how to apply
Call for applications

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CFP: Manipulation (Bowling Green Workshop in Ethics and Public Policy, March 16-17, 2012)


The Bowling Green Workshop in Applied
Ethics and Public Policy


March 16-17, 2012

The Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy will take place in Bowling Green, Ohio on March 16-17, 2012. The keynote speaker will be Marcia Baron (Indiana University).

Those interested in presenting a paper are invited to submit a 2-3 page abstract (double-spaced) by September 30, 2011. We welcome submissions in all areas in applied ethics and philosophical issues relevant to public policy. Special consideration will be given to papers relevant to this year’s conference theme: manipulation. The theme is to be construed broadly, however, and we encourage contributions from any area of moral and political philosophy where manipulation is of interest or concern.


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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
conference on the theme of “Democracy and Its Critics: Ancient and Modern” at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford University on 22nd October 2011. The conference programme is as follows:


22 October 2011
at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford

09:30 -10:00: Arrival / Registration

10:00 – 10:10: Welcoming talk by Dr. Evangelia Sembou (Chair, Political Thought
Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association)

10:10 – 10:50: Keynote Address by Prof. Richard Bellamy (University
College London, U.K. / Chair, Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought)
Title to be confirmed


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Axel Hägerström and Modern Social Thought

We are pleased to inform you that the international conference “Axel Hägerström and Modern Social Thought”, on occasion of the centennial of his 1911 lecture ”On the Truth of Moral Ideas”, will take place on September 23-24 in Uppsala, Sweden.
For information please see the conference website:

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NBiP Interview with Jerry Gaus

Public Reasoners:

The holiday caused a slight delay in posting my New Books in Philosophy interview with Jerry Gaus about The Order of Public Reason. It has now been posted here.  Please check it out.


–Bob Talisse

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