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About Andrew Jason Cohen

Andrew Jason Cohen is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He writes about toleration and other moral and political topics.

Reminder: GSU Philosophy MA Program Scholarship

Georgia State University’s highly ranked terminal MA program in Philosophy offers a graduate “Scholarship in Liberalism.”  This is a competitively awarded scholarship for an outstanding student with a demonstrated interest in the arguments of historical or contemporary philosophical liberals (in the tradition of figures such as Locke, Smith, Hume, and Mill) about issues such as freedom, justice, political authority, social order, toleration and related themes.  The 2017-2018 academic year will be the third year we offer this scholarship; it provides a $15,000 stipend for each year in the two-year program plus a full tuition waiver (the second year, of course, is contingent on satisfactory performance the first year).  Our Department has several funding packages available.) Some further details about funding are located here.  See our excellent faculty here.  Our Department has long had a strength in Social and Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Law and we place many of our graduates into excellent PhD programs.  Our website has fairly comprehensive information about the program. We also have a flyer available here.  Also see our Ethics Center website!

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Call for Papers: Overcriminalization and Indigent Legal Care

“Overcriminalization and Indigent Legal Care”

April 6 & 7, 2017 – Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
The Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics

Georgia State University

Keynote speakers: 
David Boonin (Philosophy, University of Colorado)
Jelani Jefferson Exum (Law, University of Toledo)
Doug Husak (Philosophy, Rutgers University)

There has been growing lay and scholarly concern with the access to legal services available to poorer persons in our society. Many commentators note that moral and policy difficulties of related trends are compounded by what some see as overcriminalization. This interdisciplinary conference will bring together leading scholars in philosophy, legal theory, and related fields to present original scholarship on these issues.

  • Possible topic areas include:
  • justice and criminalization
  • distributive justice and access to legal services
  • the scope of criminal law
  • political legitimacy and retributive justice
  • the administrative state and the indigent
  • reasons and causes for overcriminalization
  • the effect of overcriminalization on society, especially the indigent
  • how to reduce the effects of criminalization, especially on the indigent
  • and related themes

The conference will include one public symposium, including presentations by:
Michael Leo Owens (Political Science, Emory University)
Bernadette Rabuy (The Prison Policy Initiative)

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Philosophy MA Scholarship

Georgia State University’s highly ranked terminal MA program in Philosophy offers a graduate “Scholarship in Liberalism.” This is a competitively awarded scholarship for an outstanding student with a demonstrated interest in the arguments of historical or contemporary philosophical liberals (in the tradition of figures such as Locke, Smith, Hume, and Mill) about issues such as freedom, justice, political authority, social order, toleration and related themes. The 2017-2018 academic year will be the third year we offer this scholarship; it provides a $15,000 stipend for each year in the two-year program plus a full tuition waiver (the second year, of course, is contingent on satisfactory performance the first year). Our Department has several funding packages available.) Some further details about funding are located here. See our excellent faculty here. Our Department has long had a strength in Social and Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Law and we place many of our graduates into excellent PhD programs.  Take a look at the rest of the Department’s website! and also that of our Ethics Center!

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Call for Papers for Conference

“Overcriminalization and Indigent Legal Care”

April 6 & 7, 2017 – Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
The Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics

Georgia State University

Keynote speakers: 
David Boonin (Philosophy, University of Colorado)
Jelani Jefferson Exum (Law, University of Toledo)
Doug Husak (Philosophy, Rutgers University)

There has been growing lay and scholarly concern with the access to legal services available to poorer persons in our society. Many commentators note that moral and policy difficulties of related trends are compounded by what some see as overcriminalization. This interdisciplinary conference will bring together leading scholars in philosophy, legal theory, and related fields to present original scholarship on these issues.

  • Possible topic areas include:
  • justice and criminalization
  • distributive justice and access to legal services
  • the scope of criminal law
  • political legitimacy and retributive justice
  • the administrative state and the indigent
  • reasons and causes for overcriminalization
  • the effect of overcriminalization on society, especially the indigent
  • how to reduce the effects of criminalization, especially on the indigent
  • and related themes

The conference will include one public symposium, including presentations by:
Michael Lee Owens (Political Science, Emory University)
Bernadette Rabuy (The Prison Policy Initiative)

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GA State MA Program

Just a  reminder that Georgia State University’s terminal MA program in philosophy is still accepting applications through April 15 for Fall 2016. All acceptances come with a two-year assistantship package that includes a tuition waiver. Our deadline for review in the initial round has just passed, and later applicants will be considered on a rolling basis as they come in, so we advise people to apply sooner rather than later. But every year we admit people who applied during this later rolling admission phase. More information about our graduate program is available at http://philosophy.gsu.edu/graduate/ , and details on how to apply at http://philosophy.gsu.edu/graduate/admissions/ . We are particularly proud of our teacher-preparation program and our research strengths in empirical philosophy of mind and cognitive science, legal and political philosophy, and Kant and post-Kantian German philosophy.

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Toleration and Judging

My book, Toleration, is now available so I thought I would write up a post related to it.  This will also be up on Polity’s blog and at bleedingheartlibertarians.com, where I may put some additional posts about toleration. For some comments about the book, see Polity’s website. You can also order the book from Wiley; if you do, you can use discount code PY532 for 20% off.

So, Toleration and Judging:

In the contemporary west (and perhaps elsewhere), many of us like to think we are open to meeting and having friendships with all sorts of people that are different from us. We might have our own religious or moral beliefs, but we think of ourselves as beyond having to impose them on others. So we meet others with views that can’t be true if ours are and we think “they are entitled to their views.” With that firmly established in our minds, we think we can have an honest and respectful relationship with the other. We think we can and should tolerate everyone else. Live and let live. So far so good.

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