Author Archives: Andre Santos Campos

About Andre Santos Campos

Andre Santos Campos, Assistant Professor and Research Fellow, The Philosophy of Language Institute, New University of Lisbon, holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Lisbon. His research interests include the early modern period, theoretical ethics, political philosophy and contemporary legal theory. Recent publications include, as editor, "Challenges to Democratic Participation" (Lexington, 2014) and "Spinoza and Law" (Ashgate, 2014); and, as author, "Jus sive Potentia" (CFUL, 2010) and "Spinoza’s Revolutions in Natural Law" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012), "

FINAL CFP: Social Contract Theory: Past, Present, and Future

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Social Contract Theory: Past, Present, and Future

University of Lisbon, 15th-16th May 2014

 

Social contract theories are typically philosophical attempts to explain the origins of society and the legitimacy of political institutions over individuals. They are based upon the presupposition that society and its connecting political structures are formed by an agreement (or a set of agreements) whose contracting parties are individuals.

The last few decades, however, have witnessed the appearance of serious challenges to the idea of the social contract. International organizations, transnational corporations, lobbyists, investment funds, and ONG’s (all of which are neither individuals nor parties to social contracts) seem quite often more capable than actual individuals or elected representatives of influencing political decision-making processes. Moreover, the network structure of human relations provided by globalization makes it possible for individuals to establish more intense connections with individuals who are not parties to the same contractual cohesive model rather than with fellow citizens.

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CFP – Social Contract Theory: Past, Present, and Future

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Conference

Social Contract Theory: Past, Present, and Future

University of Lisbon, 15th-16th May 2014

Social contract theories are typically philosophical attempts to explain the origins of society and the legitimacy of political institutions over individuals. They are based upon the presupposition that society and its connecting political structures are formed by an agreement (or a set of agreements) whose contracting parties are individuals.

The last few decades, however, have witnessed the appearance of serious challenges to the idea of the social contract. International organizations, transnational corporations, lobbyists, investment funds, and ONG’s (all of which are neither individuals nor parties to social contracts) seem quite often more capable than actual individuals or elected representatives of influencing political decision-making processes. Moreover, the network structure of human relations provided by globalization makes it possible for individuals to establish more intense connections with individuals who are not parties to the same contractual cohesive model rather than with fellow citizens.

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CFP – Challenges to Participation in Democracy

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Conference – Challenges to Participation in Democracy

University of Lisbon, Faculty of Letters, 16th-17th May 2013

Recent political events have brought the problem of political participation to a new light by promoting active participation in ‘occupy movements’ that do not require (and even tend to escape from) traditional political institutions. What was once regarded in Western democracies as a general attitude of passive acquiescence coexisting with an occasional slothful dissent has turned into a cry out for active participation in actual decision-making processes.

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