Author Archives: Kevin Vallier

Political Utopia: Promise or Peril? Ideal Theory Conference, April 25th-26th, 2014

For those of you interested in the nonideal/ideal theory debates in political philosophy, I thought I’d let you know that Bowling Green State University is hosting a conference on the subject in three weeks. Registration is still open if you’re … Continue reading

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Reminder: Political Utopia: Promise or Peril? Abstracts Due November 1st

I’m posting a quick reminder that Bowling Green State University’s Political Utopia: Promise or Peril? abstract deadline is coming up this week, on November 1st. Here’s the CFP again, in case you didn’t see the original. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS The … Continue reading

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CFP: Political Utopia: Promise or Peril? (Bowling Green Workshop in Ethics and Public Policy, April 25th-26th, 2014).

You know you wanna apply! CALL FOR ABSTRACTS The Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy Political Utopia: Promise or Peril? April 25th-26th, 2014 The Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy will take place in … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group: Chapter 5, Religious Freedom and the Reasons for Rights

Along with the other commenters, I’m grateful for the opportunity to take part in this reading group. I find Corey’s book both timely and provocative; perhaps one of the book’s main virtues is the way in which it frames controversial … Continue reading

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When the State Speaks Reading Group: Schedule

This post is meant as a reference point for any and all posts that related to our reading group on Corey Brettschneider’s When the State Speaks, What Should It Say? Below I list our reading schedule along with the name … Continue reading

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Symposium on Gaus’s Public Reason Liberalism

The editors over at the Cato Unbound blog are hosting a symposium on Jerry Gaus’s version of public reason liberalism. Jerry provides a lead essay. Three commenters have response essays. Readers of the blog will know the first two commenters, … Continue reading

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PHILTV on Public Reason and Religion (Kevin Vallier and Jason Brennan)

Jason Brennan (Georgetown) and I (Bowling Green) have put together a conversation on public reason/political liberalism and its treatment of religious contributions to public life (which would not have been possible without the help of the great folks over at … Continue reading

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

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS The Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy Manipulation 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 … Continue reading

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The Order of Public Reason: Conclusion (and Appendix A)

We reach the end of the book. It has been a long-haul and I am grateful to everyone who has been involved. I’m going to use this post to achieve two aims: (a) to summarize the main themes of the … Continue reading

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OPR, Ch.I.2: Moral Authority among Free and Equal Persons

OPR attempts to show how moral authority can is possible despite disagreement among free and equal persons about the nature of morality. To do so, we must determine what moral authority is and the challenges it raises. Section 2 might … Continue reading

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OPR, Ch.I.1: Social Morality

Section 1 has a simple aim: to introduce Gaus’s distinctive concept of “social morality” and to describe its central features. Social morality is “the basic framework for a cooperative and mutually beneficial social life” and “provides rules that we are … Continue reading

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OPR: Preface

The Order of Public Reason opens with concerns about how contemporary political philosophy is practiced. Gaus argues that political philosophers artificially divide up core questions in order to make their jobs easier. Instead, they miss vital connections between these questions. … Continue reading

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The Order of Public Reason Reading Group: Schedule

This post is intended to serve as a reference point for all posts relating to our reading group on Jerry Gaus’s The Order of Public Reason. Below you will find our reading schedule and discussant list. We are going to … Continue reading

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The Order of Public Reason Reading Group Begins Monday, January 17th

This post is an announcement that our spring reading group on Gerald Gaus’s new The Order of Public Reason reading group begins a week from today on January 17th. We have a number of fabulous contributors who will take on various sections … Continue reading

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Reading Group Proposal: Gerald Gaus, The Order of Public Reason

For those of you who do not know, Cambridge is about to publish Jerry Gaus’s new book, The Order of Public Reason. It will be out in hardback by the first of next year. Here’s a general description of the … Continue reading

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PPPS: “The Roles of Religious Conviction in a Publicly Justified Polity”

Hi everyone. My name is Kevin Vallier. I’m a fourth year graduate student at the University of Arizona. My primary work is in political philosophy, but I have strong interests in ethics, philosophy of economics and philosophy of religion. I’m … Continue reading

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