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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
Summer School Equality and Citizenship
The Center for Advanced Studies of South East Europe, the University of Rijeka and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Rijeka are organizing a summer school on equality and citizenship from July 3rd to July 7th, 2017, in Rijeka (Croatia).
The summer school does not reproduce, in a diluted form, the familiar teaching format of a university course. Instead, it is organized around “Author-Meets-Critics” symposia dedicated to some distinguished authors’ publications and work-in-progress. All the leading participants will give a paper on a topic on which they are working at the moment, and will reply to the papers given by scholars who participate in the symposia dedicated to them, and will be available for informal discussion. The leading participants are:
An International Conference at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark
December 12-14, 2017
Eric Beerbohm (Harvard University)
Sofia Näsström (Uppsala University)
Simon May (Florida State University)
Melissa Schwartzberg (New York University)
We live in times that are haunted by profound disagreements over what counts as democratic politics. Some people believe that democracy does not deliver on its promise to give “the power to the people.” But what some regard as giving the power back to the people and taking back control, others regard as undermining the fundamental principles of democracy. How can we, as political theorists and philosophers, make sense of these disagreements? How do we combine the necessity and value of representation and compromise with fundamental democratic principles of equality and freedom?
Moral Philosophy & Politics invites contributions to a special issue focusing on the normative aspects of international trade agreements.
Mega-regional trade deals such as TPP, TTIP, CETA and TISA have become the focus of intense public debate as well as a central theme in populist politics. The US 2016 elections have created further uncertainty about the fate of some of the proposed deals. There is however an undiminished necessity to address enduring normative questions concerning the current infrastructure of world trade. Many advocacy groups’ criticisms of trade deals such as TTIP are not founded on fundamental opposition to free trade. They support free trade but insist that trade agreements must be made consistent with democratic regulation, the reduction of economic inequalities, and effective consumer, labour and environmental standards.
A Dilemma for the Oppression Theorist
Oppression Theory is the theory that differences between groups of people in wealth, power, influence – generally, the good things in life – are due to one group of people oppressing another. Marxists, Feminists, Critical Race-Theorists tend to be Oppression theorists in this sense. An alternative view is what I would call “Eclecticism”. This is the view that differences in the good things in life among different groups can be due to various causes, not excluding oppression of course. For example, we have a society in which the good things in life are not in abundance because the members of that society spend too much time playing golf rather than making things or healing the sick. Let’s call this group “the Golfers”. Now in saying this about the Golfers I am saying that they are to a large extent the authors of their own misfortune. This, of course, is a criticism. Enter the Oppression Theorist. She will reason as follows: criticizing a less-well-off group is harming that group; harming a less-well-off group is oppressing that group, preventing people from oppressing people is a good thing. So, she concludes, preventing someone from voicing the opinion about the Golfers just mentioned is a good thing. Generalizing from this, she concludes that preventing Eclecticism from being voiced at all is a good thing. And, voila, you have the phenomenon known as “Political Correctness”. It is just one step from there to Middlebury College.