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Call for Papers: World Government

Call for Papers: World Government
Special issue of Philosophical Papers
Guest editor: Attila Tanyi (University of Tromsø)

Theorizing about world government has a long history. Formulations of some version of the idea already appear in Chinese, Indian as well as ancient Greek thought and later supporters (in Western philosophy) include Dante and Erasmus (while others, such as Bentham and Kant, offered qualified support only).
Today the idea appears to enjoy a new renaissance. This is perhaps not surprising. The world is encountering several global existential challenges, among them climate change, global injustice, and the threat of (nuclear) war. Some think that there is only one adequate answer to these challenges: to create a world state that governs the entire globe. Others think that creating a world state is not a good idea for a variety of reasons, both moral as well as non-moral (such as political or pragmatic).
The aim of this issue of Philosophical Papers is to contribute to the ongoing debate with articles that discuss, clarify and, in general, take a stand on the matter of world government. read more...

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Invitation to workshop: World Government or Else?

WORLD GOVERNMENT OR ELSE?

The world is encountering several global challenges: climate change, global injustice, and war particularly stand out. Some think that there is only one adequate answer to these challenges: to create a world state that governs the entire globe. Others think that creating a world state is not a good idea for different reasons: it is unrealistic (given as the world it is now dominated by territorial nation states); it is undesirable (it could lead to global tyranny and/or force upon humanity a homogeneity that we don’t want); it is ineffective (there are other solutions to these problems, such as stronger nation states, supra-national organizations, stronger regional cooperation). This two-day workshop (June 13, 2017 – June 14, 2017) will examine the question whether we need a world government (and in what form), both from theoretical and from empirical angles. read more...

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