Category Archives: Blogosphere

The PGR and the September Statement

The last few days have been quite unusual in the philosophy blogosphere. Since I’ve taken a public stand, I thought I should post something on my own blog about these developments.

Sally Haslanger and David Velleman posted a Statement of Concern regarding Brian Leiter’s emails to Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins and Noelle McAfee. This was followed by a September Statement calling for Prof. Leiter’s resignation as editor of the Philosophical Gourmet Report, as well as a separate list of Recent Events Involving Brian Leiter detailing further allegations of hostile conduct towards members of the philosophy community.


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Call for Papers: Free Speech, Public Deliberation, and Global Affairs, University of Tromsø, 17-19 June, 2014

The Pluralism, Democracy, and Justice Research Group

invites you to the conference

Free Speech, Public Deliberation, and Global Affairs

17–19 June 2014

University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway

Keynote speakers:

Andreas Føllesdal (University of Oslo)

Carol C. Gould (City University of New York)

David Held (Durham University)

Andrew March (Yale University)

Christian F. Rostbøll (University of Copenhagen)


Submission deadline: 15 March 2014

The aim of the conference is to provide a robust forum for exploring contemporary problems of democratic deliberation and freedom of speech on a local and global level. Special emphasis will be placed on the interplay between democratic legitimacy and freedom of speech.


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Symposium on Michael Huemer’s The Problem of Political Authority

Over at the Bleeding Heart Libertarians blog, we are in the middle of a symposium on Michael Huemer’s new book, The Problem of Political Authority: An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey.

Huemer’s book has two main philosophical aims: to refute the main philosophical arguments for the political authority and legitimacy of government, and to construct a defense of political anarchism.

An introduction to the symposium, with an index to contributions as they go up, can be found here. The first contribution, from Kevin Vallier, is here, and the second, from Christopher Morris, is here. The symposium will run through the end of the next week, with future contributions from Bas van der Vossen, Massimo Renzo, and a response from Michael Huemer.


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An Interview with T. M. Scanlon

An interview with T.M. Scanlon By Yascha Mounk via

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A Profession-Wide Invitation

I hereby extend a profession-wide invitation to contribute to a new blog I have created that aims to be “by and for” early-career philosophers (including social-political theorists): The Philosophers’ Cocoon.

This blog aims to be a safe and supportive “grass roots” forum for early-career professional philosophers — graduate students, post-docs, and entry-level faculty members — to discuss their work, ideas, and personal-professional issues.  Philosophers who are not in the “early” stages of their careers are also invited to become contributing members, as their experiences in the profession may, for obvious reasons, be very much relevant to the blog’s aims.


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New political theory blog – PRAXIS

Announcing PRAXIS, a new blog at Big Think devoted to theory-informed political commentary on the issues of the day:

Readers can subscribe to the blog here.

To sign up for email alerts when new posts go up, send an email to smazie[at]bard[dot]edu with “subscribe Praxis” as the subject, or follow me on Twitter: @stevenmazie

— Steven Mazie

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