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David Miller, Strangers in Our Midst: the political philosophy of immigration, Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press
Institute for Philosophy, Hamburg University
March 18th, 2016, Room tbd
Organizers: Thomas Schramme, Christine Straehle
Registration: The workshop is open to everyone, but attendance is by registration and limited in number. RSVP by sending an email to millerworkshopHH@gmail.com
Format: Upon registration, participants will receive the manuscript. To maximize the quality of discussion, participants are expected to have read the manuscript beforehand. The workshop comprises four sessions dedicated to the manuscript. Each session will begin with brief critiques of chapters of the manuscript, followed by a brief response by the author and general discussion.
by Brian Milstein
Since the end of the Cold War, there has been a wealth of discussion and controversy about the idea of a “postnational” or “cosmopolitan” politics. Yet while we have seen many normative theories of cosmopolitanism (David Held, Thomas Pogge) and some cosmopolitan-oriented theories of globalization (Ulrich Beck, Gerard Delanty), there has been little attempt to grapple systematically with fundamental questions of structure and action from a cosmopolitan perspective.
This book departs from previous theoretical treatments of contemporary world politics in that, instead of adopting the conventional image of essentially bounded nation-states that are just recently becoming interdependent with one another, it takes societies to be already essentially interconnected and analyzes their differentiation into a system of sovereign nation-states. Drawing from the cosmopolitan writings of Immanuel Kant and the critical theory of Jürgen Habermas, this book argues that, before we are members of nations, states, or other bounded communities, we are originally participants in what Kant called a commercium of global interaction who are able to negotiate for ourselves the terms on which we share the earth in common with one another. It marshals a broad range of literature from philosophy, sociology, and international relations to show how the modern system of sovereign states destructively impedes, constrains, and distorts these relations of global interaction, producing contradictions and legitimation problems in present-day world society.
About the book:
Uniting Mississippi applies a new, philosophically informed theory of democratic leadership to Mississippi’s challenges. Governor William F. Winter has written a foreword for the book, supporting its proposals.
The book begins with an examination of Mississippi’s apparent Catch-22, namely the difficulty of addressing problems of poverty without fixing issues in education first, and vice versa. These difficulties can be overcome if we look at their common roots, argues Eric Thomas Weber, and if we practice virtuous democratic leadership. Since the approach to addressing poverty has for so long been unsuccessful, Weber reframes the problem. The challenges of educational failure reveal the extent to which there is a caste system of schooling. Certain groups of people are trapped in schools that are underfunded and failing. The ideals of democracy reject hierarchies of citizenship, and thus, the author contends, these ideals are truly tested in Mississippi. Weber offers theories of effective leadership in general and of democratic leadership in particular to show how Mississippi’s challenges could be addressed with the guidance of common values.
MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory, University of Manchester, 1st – 3rd September 2015
Giulia Bistagnino (University of Milan), firstname.lastname@example.org
Pamela Pansardi (University of Pavia), email@example.com
The workshop aims at bringing together scholars interested in the normative dimension of the European Union.
Political theory has traditionally been concerned with nation-states and their institutions, while more recently its scope has been widening by tackling questions about the global world. The EU, understood as a sort of intermediate entity of a distinctive nature, has become a prominent object of research to reflect on political problems. Today, the financial and political crises taking place in Europe have shown not only the vulnerability of EU’s institutions, but also the urgency to provide conceptual and normative tools to assess the EU and evaluate its decisions. Indeed, since the creation of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and the establishment of the Maastricht Treaty, the focus of EU integration has been set on legal and economic aspects only and academic discourses have been trapped into technical and economical debates with little attention for normative issues. A reflection on the nature and scope of the EU and an assessment of its problems and dilemmas is thus pressing and represents a fundamental task for normative political theory.
“Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric” has recently received a generous grant by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft to upgrade its structure and web appearance. Two exciting re-launch issues to celebrate this, and to launch the new format of the journal, will appear in late 2015 and early 2016 (watch this space). But today we would like to introduce you to our brand new website (including a new electronic submission system): http://www.theglobaljusticenetwork.org/index.php/gjn
People here may like to know of this book on Hegel’s Phenomenology and Foucault’s Genealogy. The book examines these two projects – looks at their commonalities as well as differences -, considers their implications for social and political theory, as well as the philosophy of social sciences.
See the link below:
B.A. (Lond), M.Sc. (Edin), D.Phil. (Oxon)