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Call For Papers: Workshop On Happiness And Politics, MANCEPT Workshops, September 4th-6th 2013


MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory – Tenth Annual Conference

Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT), University of Manchester

September 4th-6th 2013

Over the last two decades, happiness has become an active field of research for psychologists, economists and philosophers, despite the fact that concerns for happiness are not new. For centuries, thinkers have been trying to define happiness and identify its determinants. Some assimilate happiness to mental dispositions involving the presence of pleasure and the absence of displeasure (hedonia), while others view ‘authentic happiness’ (Martin Seligman) as ultimately bound to more substantial individual accomplishment (eudaimonia). In economics, the predominant view on welfare is preference satisfaction. read more...

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CONF: The Republican Model and Diversity, University of Copenhagen, November 8th

The Republican Model and Diversity
November 8th 2012
Room 27.0.09, University of Copenhagen in Amager, metro Islands Brygge

Workshop organized by the Centre for the Study of Equality of Multiculturalism (CESEM) in collaboration with the Institut Français and the French Embassy in Denmark.

This workshop will be devoted to examining republicanism, especially the French republican model, its successes and failures as regards the management of diversity. It will be an opportunity for critically engaging the fecundity of this model as an alternative to the liberal model as well as its limitations. The focus will be on the model itself, its constitutive principles, its practical features as well as the nature of the discussions that it generates in Denmark and France. read more...

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[CFP] Workshop on the Normative Justifications for the Welfare State

Workshop on ‘Normative Justifications for the Welfare State: Markets, Cooperation and Regulation’

MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory – Ninth Annual Conference
Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT), University of Manchester
5th – 7th September 2012

The welfare state is a, if not the, major institution of modern industrialized societies, which competences cover a large array of topics. When it comes to justify why the welfare state is doing this or that, diverse arguments are usually mobilized (equality, community, public interest, satisfaction of basic needs, etc.).

Political theorists for instance identified one of its key functions as one of redistribution. Welfare state’s role however exceeds pure redistribution by including the provision of goods and services (not limited to the traditional ‘public goods’), regulation of markets, guarantee of the conditions for a fair cooperation and risk-management. These various activities explain the importance of public institutions in the promotion of collective welfare and economic growth. read more...

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