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Political Utopia: Promise or Peril? Ideal Theory Conference, April 25th-26th, 2014

For those of you interested in the nonideal/ideal theory debates in political philosophy, I thought I’d let you know that Bowling Green State University is hosting a conference on the subject in three weeks. Registration is still open if you’re … Continue reading

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CRISPP £500 2012 Essay Prize

Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (CRISPP) is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2012 £500 essay prize for the best article published in volume 15 (2012) is Sylvie Loriaux for her article: Fairness in international … Continue reading

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My Warmest Thanks, and One Final Bleg

I’d like to thank all of you who sent me comments on the RNR (“Foundations of a Nonideal Theory of Justice”) I posted here the other week. Almost all of you homed in on a problem with the Side-Constraint Principle … Continue reading

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Genealogies of Political Authority

Hello all. I’ve recently published an article that may be of interest to readers of Public Reason, in particular those of you who are interested in questions relating to the normative status of political authority. I’m currently planning a sequel … Continue reading

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Tuck on the Rationality of Voting: A Critical Note

Some of you may be familiar with Richard Tuck’s recent book Free Riding. It’s a fascinating and valuable work, but I think much of the central argument, especially about the rationality of voting, is deeply flawed. Anyways, here’s a link … Continue reading

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The Democratic Peace is Not Democratic: On Behalf of Rawls’s Decent Societies.

Hello everyone, The democratic peace is secured not simply (if at all) through explicitly democratic institutions as such, but through a number of social and political norms and institutions commonly associated with democracies. In The Law of Peoples, John Rawls … Continue reading

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Journal of Moral Philosophy 6(2) (2009)

JOURNAL OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY: An International Journal of Moral, Political, and Legal Philosophy (ISSN 1740-4681) Volume 6, Number 2 (2009) ARTICLES David DeGrazia, ‘Moral Vegetarianism from a Very Broad Basis’, pp. 143-65 Martin Peterson, ‘The Mixed Solution to the Number … Continue reading

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Tanner Lectures

An online library of Tanner lectures is up at the University of Utah. read more…

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The Ironic Tragedy of Human Rights

Fellow Public Reasoners, I recently posted an essay, “The Ironic Tragedy of Human Rights,” on the Social Science Research Network (at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1330693). As you can see from the summary below, the argument amounts to a very radical critique of human rights. This has left me wondering: … Continue reading

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Journal of Moral Philosophy 6(1) (2009)

Journal of Moral Philosophy 6(1) (2009) JOURNAL OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY: An International Journal of Moral, Political, and Legal Philosophy (ISSN 1740-4681) * Note: the JMP is now quarterly from 2009 * Volume 6, Number 1 (2009) Editorial ARTICLES Daniel Nolan, … Continue reading

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PPPS: “Torture Lite and the Normalisation of Torture”

Hi everybody, The paper I am presenting for this podcast symposium is part of an ongoing research interest of mine in how torture becomes institutionalized in military forces that are (in theory at least) committed to the prohibition against torture. … Continue reading

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PPPS: “The Roles of Religious Conviction in a Publicly Justified Polity”

Hi everyone. My name is Kevin Vallier. I’m a fourth year graduate student at the University of Arizona. My primary work is in political philosophy, but I have strong interests in ethics, philosophy of economics and philosophy of religion. I’m … Continue reading

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2009 Berger Prize

Public Reason member David Reidy, with co-author Jeppe von Platz, has been awarded the 2009 Berger Prize by the APA Committee on Law and Philosophy for “The Structural Variety of Historical Injustices,” Journal of Social Philosophy, v. 37.3, pgs. 360-376, … Continue reading

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Polluting the Polls: When Citizens Should Not Vote

Lately, I’ve been wondering what it means to be a good citizen.  I’ve been working to develop a liberal theory of civic virtue that is, I think, properly purged of certain republican ideas.  That is, I think civic virtue for … Continue reading

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Journal of Moral Philosophy news

Today, we have learned the news that the Journal of Moral Philosophy will be a quarterly publication from 2009. This is a major change that I have been hoping to achieve for some time. The JMP was launched in April … Continue reading

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Reasonable Rejection and Redundancy

A paper due out any month now in the Journal of Political Philosophy by Tamra Frei has got me thinking about the redundancy objection to Scanlon’s contractualism. I haven’t followed this debate closely, but I understand that some rather sophisticated … Continue reading

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Encyclopedia Entry on Rawls

I have the unenviable task of drafting an encyclopedia article on Rawls for the IVR’s online encyclopedia. I’ve posted the most recent version, titled John Rawls, to my SSRN page — http://ssrn.com/author=382674. As with all online encyclopedias, the entry is … Continue reading

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Original Position

Here’s a quick question: What are the best discussions in the literature of why the original position has justificatory force? I’m particularly interested in those papers that address Ronald Dworkin’s “no pale form” point that since the contract is only … Continue reading

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“Getting Duped”

Just a quick distraction from the excellent discussion of David’s book. A short pop piece that I wrote with my friend Yvonne Raley titled “Getting Duped” is about to appear in Scientific American Mind. “Getting Duped” identifies a new fallacy, … Continue reading

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Aristotle on the Ideal State, Spooner on Jurisprudence

My working paper “Inside and Outside Spooner’s Natural Law Jurisprudence” is online; abstract follows: Lysander Spooner, the foremost legal theorist of 19th century American radical liberalism, might seem to have defended two distinct and incompatible theories of the relation between … Continue reading

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