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CfP: Association for Social and Political Philosophy 2015 Annual Conference, Amsterdam

Association for Social and Political Philosophy (formerly ALSP)
2015 Annual Conference: 25th-26th June
University of Amsterdam

Keynote speakers:
Jean Cohen (Columbia)
Cécile Laborde (UCL)

The 2015 annual conference of the Association for Social and Political Philosophy (formerly the Association of Legal and Social Philosophy) will be organized in the Oudemanhuispoort, a National monument, dating from 1602 and situated right in the heart of the historic city centre of Amsterdam.

Theme: Democracy

Papers are welcome in any area of political, social, or legal philosophy and from any philosophical methodological approach, but we particularly welcome those addressing the conference theme. Papers addressing the theme might examine the very idea of democracy, or might engage with particular issues in democratic theory. read more...

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Chair in Political Theory, University of Amsterdam

The Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam is looking to appoint a Chair in Political Theory (rank: full professor, permanent). Applications from candidates with expertise in any area of political theory, political philosophy, and/or history of political thought will be considered. The successful candidate will be an outstanding researcher with a strong international profile and an ability to attract research funding. The official advert can be found here. Feel free to contact me to discuss the position informally.

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Symposium on the Work of John Skorupski

Sat. 3 May, Senate House, University of London, Room 349.


  • 10.00 – 10.45 – Brian McElwee (St Andrews)  – ‘Consequentialism and Fitting Attitudes’
  • 10.45 – 11.30 – Lucy O’Brien (UCL) – ’Human Self-Determination and Individual Spontaneity’

Chair: Raffaele Rodogno (Aarhus)

11.30 – 11.45 – Coffee break

  • 11.45 – 12.30 – Iwao Hirose (McGill) – ‘Threshold Justice: The Decision-Theoretic Foundations and Axiological Structure’
  • 12.30 – 13.15 – Jesse Tomalty (Oxford) – ‘Rights and Enforcement’

Chair: Simon Robertson (Cardiff)

13.15 – 14.00 – Lunch

  • 14.00 – 14.45 – Chris Macleod (Lancaster) – ‘Mill, Normativity, and Pluralism’
  • 14.45 – 15.30 – Alan Ryan (Princeton) – ’Naturalism in Logic and Morals’

Chair: André Grahle (Osnabrück)

15.30 – 15.45 – Coffee break

  • 15.45 – 16.30 – Roger Crisp (Oxford)  – ‘Wagering Against Pascal’
  • 16.30 – 17.15 – Bob Stern (Sheffield) – ’Skorupski’s Kantianism’

Chair: Enzo Rossi (Amsterdam)

  • 17.15 – 17.30 – Final remarks

John Skorupski will respond to all talks.

Registration (incl. lunch and coffee).

The organisers are grateful for the generous support from the Aristotelian Society, the Institute of Philosophy of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, the Philosophy Departments at the University of St Andrews, the Scots Philosophical Association, and the University of Lancaster. read more...

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CfP: Conceptualising Legitimacy (MANCEPT 2014)

Over the last decades there has been an explosion of ‘legitimacy-talk’ in disciplines such as international relations, political science and international law. The increasing use of the concept ‘legitimacy’, however, is frequently accompanied by complaints that the concept lack clarity and that it is under-theorized. In political philosophy legitimacy is seldom discussed; although John Rawls’ tried to rehabilitate the concept in Political Liberalism, it largely continues to play second fiddle to justice.

This workshop seeks papers in political philosophywhich can contribute to a conceptual discussion of legitimacy: read more...

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Symposium on Michael Rosen’s *Dignity: Its History and Meaning*

Symposium on Michael Rosen’s new book, *Dignity: Its History and Meaning* (Harvard University Press, 2013)

Università del Piemonte Orientale
20 May 2013, 11am, Aula Beretta, S. Andrea, Vercelli (Italy)


Michael Rosen (Harvard University)
Pratap Bhanu Mehta (Center for Policy Research, New Delhi)
Anna Elisabetta Galeotti (Università del Piemonte Orientale)
Enzo Rossi (University of South Wales)

Chair: Glyn Morgan (Syracuse University)

The symposium is part of Project Urbanitas (ESF Start-Up Advanced Grant).


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CfP: Real Realist Legitimacy

A MANCEPT Workshop in Political Theory, convened by Robert Jubb and Enzo Rossi

4th – 6th September 2013, University of Manchester, UK

The current realist movement in political theory promises to change the way in which we approach first-order normative questions. It suggests that mainstream political philosophy is overly reliant on pre-political moral beliefs and so fails to adequately engage with the reality of politics. Politics is about the coercive provision of structuring orders rather than conforming to moral ideals, which its tools and problems may make impossible anyway. However, what difference does this make to the prescriptions that normative political philosophy aims at making? Some realists urge that political philosophers should turn their attention from the contemporary concern with the allegedly moral issue of justice to questions of the properly political virtue of legitimacy; questions of legitimacy should override the traditional contemporary concern with justice; others, noting that moral ideals are not discovered or created in political or historical vacuums, press charges of false consciousness, obfuscation and ideology on liberal-democratic thought. These arguments are clearly connected. But do those insights actually produce radically different accounts of political authority? The aim of this workshop is to move the realist current beyond methodological debates and into normative theorising, with particular attention to the issue of legitimacy and its connection to the problem of ideology. What would taking the
historical specificity of political problems and the resources available to solve them mean, and how would this differ from more directly moralised accounts? read more...

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