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We are pleased to announce we have just published Number 10 of the Journal of Political Philosophy Las Torres de Lucca, a free-access electronic bilingual magazine. (ISSN 2255-3827). You can susbcribe as reader, reviewer or author to the Journal here.
It includes, as you will see in the index, the dossier dedicated to Places of political conflict., along with two excellent articles on Joseph Nye, Hannah Arendt and Filón., and some book reviews.
From now on, we welcome submissions for our next issue of 2017.
Dossier “Places of political conflict“
Editorial: Discords of the common. On the places of conflict
Anders Fjeld, Diego Paredes Goicochea
Applications are now open for the 2018/19 entry to the Max Weber Multidisciplinary Post-doctoral Programme at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy.
Amongst the largest, most prestigious, innovative and successful post doctoral programmes in the historical and social sciences, the Max Weber Programme is located in an exceptionally beautiful setting with truly outstanding research and training facilities. We offer between 50-60 fully funded 1 (all departments), 2 (SPS and Economics) and (rarely, and only in Economics) 3 year post doctoral fellowships to applicants from anywhere in the world in the fields of economics, history, law and social and political sciences. All areas and types of research within these fields are considered, including all forms of legal, social, economic, historical and political thought – both past and present.
Registration open and program online:
Philosophy and Childhood
13-14 July 2017, University of Salzburg, Austria
Keynote Speakers: S. Matthew Liao (New York), Amy Mullin (Toronto), Adam Swift (Warwick)
The program includes 32 talks in two parallel sessions and three keynote talks over the course of two days. A detailed program including a book of abstracts can be found on the conference homepage. The registration fee is 30€ and covers the conference folder, coffee breaks, and two lunch snacks. Students as well as particpiants from countries classified as low-income or lower-middle income economies by the World Bank pay a subsidized fee of 15€.
echnologies are increasingly being incorporated into the body. ‘Grinder’ and biohacking movements are gaining momentum as more and more individuals are beginning to practice increasingly extreme body modifications;using technology to enhance, extend and modify the capabilities of the human body. Amal Graafstra has incorporated Near Field Communication Chips (NFC) and Radio Frequency Identification Chips (RDIF) into his hands in order to enable him to access his home, office and car without the use of keys and access password protected websites and hardware in a secure manner. Tim Cannon implanted a prototype (Circadia) that collected and transmitted biometric data wirelessly to a smartphone under his skin, enabling him to closely monitor his body temperature. A consumer friendly version of Circadia is being developed that will allow measurement of blood glucose and blood oxygen levels as well as blood pressure and temperature. Other biohackers have implanted magnets in their fingertips to sense magnetic fields (giving them a form of sixth sense) and into their tragi to transmit sound directly into the ears. Naltrexone (an opioid receptor antagonist) implants can be inserted into the lower abdomen in order to aid recovery in opioid addicts by precluding individuals from experiencing the effects of drugs like heroin and morphine. Developments such as these offer tantalising possibilities in terms of convenience, privacy, our relationship to and experience of the natural world, and increased health; but also bring with them significant ethical questions concerning our relationship to our bodies, the limits of consent, and the role of doctors (and other professionals working in clinical and periclinical scenarios).
Here’s a call for papers for a worskshop a colleague of mine and I are organizing at MANCEPT later this year:
A natural way to theorize about social institutions and rules is to focus on first identifying what the perfect model of such arrangements looks like. After all, if we are interested in determining what justice in our specific situation requires, then it seems sensible to first figure out what justice requires in general. We might label a theory that takes up such an approach ideal theory. Rawls took the function of ideal theory to be the generation of guiding principles for how actual societies and political institutions should be arranged. On his view, ideal theory was to be supplemented with a nonideal theory, which is tasked at least partly with determining the morally justifiable and politically feasible means of moving actual societies closer to the ideal one. Of course, Rawls’s usage of the term “ideal theory” is narrower than how it is employed by contemporary writers on the subject. For Rawls, the term referred to a theory that imagines realistic utopia in which individuals are assumed to be fully compliant and possess an effective sense of justice. More generally, we can take ideal theory to also refer simply to any theory that advances a vision of a perfect society that fully embodies a normative political or moral value such as justice. Such an approach to theorizing is to be contrasted with any other that merely aims to solve moral or justice-related problems in our actual, imperfect world, without reference to a perfect society.
I would like to draw your attention to a new publication, entitled “The Young Hegel and Religion”. This consists of a collection of essays on Hegel’s “Early Theological Writings”. A book of public ethics, of interest to political theorists and historians of political thought alike.