Category Archives: Discussion

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) … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group: Conclusion – Value Democracy at Home and Abroad

I’ve been appallingly remiss in fulfilling my duties this time around. In an effort to make good, I’ve spent several days poring over these excellent commentaries and discussions, as well as reacquainting myself with Corey’s wonderful book, which has taught … Continue reading

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Brettschneider Reading Group: Introduction and Chapter 1

I’m very pleased to begin our reading group on Corey Brettschneider’s new book: When the State Speaks, What Should it Say? How Democracies Can Protect Expression and Promote Equality. In this post I’ll offer a brief summary of the introduction … Continue reading

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PHILTV on Public Reason and Religion (Kevin Vallier and Jason Brennan)

Jason Brennan (Georgetown) and I (Bowling Green) have put together a conversation on public reason/political liberalism and its treatment of religious contributions to public life (which would not have been possible without the help of the great folks over at … Continue reading

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Petition on the AHRC and “The Big Society”

The petition can be found here and I urge readers to consider signing it. It makes a point of principle, not politics: that the UK-based Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) — which funds research in areas such as law and … Continue reading

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Most Cited Works in Political Theory

As part of a project to assess the relative impact of different works of political theory I ran a google scholar citation search on the authors listed below.  Works had to be at least 10 years old, and with a … Continue reading

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OPR VI.17. Arguments from Abtraction and the Claims of Agency

Summary of OPR.VI.17 Chapter VI begins by reminding us of an important conclusion from the previous chapter, namely, that the Members of the Public (MoP) will be confronted with a large set of rules of social morality, and that with … Continue reading

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Which philosophy journal do you think is best?

Readers are encouraged to visit this link where they can vote for their favourite philosophy journals. The choice is fairly comprehensive with nearly 130 journals listed and more added daily. There have been more than 10,000 votes registered and there … Continue reading

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The Order of Public Reason Reading Group Begins Monday, January 17th

This post is an announcement that our spring reading group on Gerald Gaus’s new The Order of Public Reason reading group begins a week from today on January 17th. We have a number of fabulous contributors who will take on various sections … Continue reading

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Political Competence Bleg

I’m currently writing papers involving the idea of political incompetence, i.e., lacking competence to exercise political power properly.I’d like to start this thread just to collect intuitions, or, if you’re up for it, conclusions of short arguments.  Question: If you … Continue reading

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Advice for article reviewers: what is best practice?

Readers may be familiar with my “Publishing Advice for Graduate Students” which addressed issues from publishing book reviews and conference proceedings to replies, full length articles, and submitting book contracts successfully. I have been genuinely thrilled by its reception as … Continue reading

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Reading Group Proposal: Gerald Gaus, The Order of Public Reason

For those of you who do not know, Cambridge is about to publish Jerry Gaus’s new book, The Order of Public Reason. It will be out in hardback by the first of next year. Here’s a general description of the … Continue reading

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Query @ public reason

What is the single best thing to read about public reason?  Something by Josh Cohen?  David Estlund?  Rawls himself?  Other?  (Particulars appreciated.)  If context matters, say I want something that will convince an opponent that the later Rawlsian approach to … Continue reading

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Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and Political Philosophy

Speaking of non-ideal theory (or ideal theory in less than ideal contexts)… I am curious to hear whether my fellow public reasoners believe that the recent US Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance should have any impact on our work … Continue reading

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A Thought on the Ideal and Non-Ideal Theory Distinction

Many of you have probably seen Simmons’ article just out in PPA on ideal and non-ideal theory. Simmons defends Rawls’ account of the ideal/non-ideal theory distinction and his paper is a must read. That said, I have been ruminating over … Continue reading

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The Burqa in France

According to the BBC, in the latest twist in l’affaire du foulard/voile, a French parliamentary committee has recommended a ban on women wearing Islamic face veils in public [Correction: the proposal applies to public facilities, such as hospitals and mass transit, … Continue reading

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Query: Should the US defend Google?

So, another query: Should the US defend Google?  Why or why not?US to protest formally to China over Google ‘attacks’ read more…

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humanitarian intervention question

A question: do people think international humanitarian intervention (or any international intervention, for that matter; perhaps even any intervention at all) has to be coercive?  That is, as a conceptual issue, is intervention necessarily coercive? read more…

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Credit Cards and Exploitation

PBS‘ Frontline this week aired an interesting episode on the credit card industry, which began with a discussion of some of the controversial practices initiated by Providian and soon adopted by the bulk of its competitors. I think the episode raises some interesting philosophical questions about … Continue reading

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Meet Stan Kazan and his Clan

Meet my neighbors, the Kazans. Stan and his wife Jan live together with their three grown children (one daughter and two sons) who are there until they can afford places of their own. They are a decent family, and they … Continue reading

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