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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.
The Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought invites graduate students registered for a doctoral degree at any university in the UK or the Republic of Ireland, engaged in research in any area of the fields of political thought and theory, to submit a paper which will form the basis for presentation at the Political Thought Conference 2018, to be held in Oxford January 4-6 2018). The academic convenors for the conference (Iseult Honohan and Humeira Iqtidar) will select one paper to be included in the conference programme. The winning candidate will be given free conference registration, accommodation, meals and travel expenses.
Proposals are invited from PhD and early postdoctoral students for a newly introduced poster presentation session at the APT Oxford Political Thought conference at St Catherine’s College 4-6 January 2018.
Posters are invited in three broad thematic areas:
Social justice [these are provisional]
A limited number of proposals will be selected for presentation. Invited speakers at the conference will be available at the poster session to comment on the presentations and to discuss your research.
The APT is one of the longest established meeting of political theorists in Britain. Consisting mainly of plenary sessions at which all papers are invited, it is strikingly and unusually pluralist. It attracts an international range of researchers from all the sub-fields of political theory: normative and critical; analytic and interpretive; historical and contemporary; anglo-american and continental european.
CALL FOR PAPERS- MANCEPT 2017- Bio-Hackers, Home Made Cyborgs and Body Modifications: A New Frontier for Ethics and Policy
Joseph Roberts-University of Manchester, David Lawrence-Newcastle University
A series of panels on biohacking, enhancement, and their regulatory implications, taking place as part of MANCEPT 2017 at the University of Manchester, September 11-13, 2017
Technologies 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).
Confucian Political Theory
MANCEPT Workshops 2017,
Monday 11 September to Wednesday 13 September
Conveners: Elton Chan (Yale-NUS College), Larry Lai (University of Hong Kong) and Baldwin Wong (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Call for Abstract
In recent years there has been an increasing interest among Anglo-American political theorists in comparing the diverse ways of how the Western and Chinese thinkers address political issues. Several academic publishers (such as Cambridge University Press and Princeton University Press) and journals (such as European Journal of Political Theory 15(4)) begin to publish books and articles about Confucianism. Unlike the past generation of thinkers, such as Theodore de Bary and Tu Wei Ming, who aimed to show that Confucianism is not necessarily tied to authoritarianism but in many ways compatible with western liberal democratic values, some contemporary political theorists (Jiang 2012, Bell 2006, 2016) argue that Confucianism offers a distinctive alternative to liberal democracy, which enables us to reflect on the liberal democratic values that are usually taken for granted. While some political theorists do recognize liberal democratic values, they believe that Confucianism can offer insights to revolve problems that worry current liberal democratic societies (Chan 2014, Angle 2012). The growing body of literature can be found in these years.
The program of the 2017 Salzburg Workshop in Philosophy & Poverty on the topic of Poverty and Humand Dignity is now online! The workshop will take place at the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg on 1 and June 2017. Draft papers will be shared among all participants in advance.
Guests welcome but please register via e-mail until 15 May 2017 at gottfried.schweiger[a]sbg.ac.at.
More info here: http://www.workshop-poverty-philosophy.org/
Thursday, 1 June 2017, 10.00- 17:45
H.P.P. [Hennie] Lötter (University of Johannesburg): Poverty and Human Dignity
Christian Neuhäuser (Technical University Dortmund): Poverty, dignity and self-respect
Alfred Archer, Bart Engelen & Alan Thomas (University of Tilburg): Shame, Well-Being and Inequality
Hanna-Maria Niemi (University of Eastern Finland): Right against Poverty: Can the notion of human dignity help us define socio-economic rights?
Daniel Putnam (Princeton University): Poverty as a Social Relation
Friday, 2 June 2017, 09.30- 15:45
Rocio Lorca (University of Chile): The meanings of punishing the poor: from injustice to hostility
Cristian Dimitriu (Forschungskolleg Frankfurt): The irrelevance of poverty for the morality of the lending system
Zlata Bozac & Viktor Ivankovic (Central European University, Budapest): Should We Nudge Charitable Giving? The Nudge Ethos
Anandita Mukherji (Boston University): Depriving Capabilities: Global Poverty Alleviation as a Duty Not to Harm