CFP: The Future of Work, Automation, and a Basic Income

Call for Abstracts

The Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy

The Future of Work, Automation, and a Basic Income

April 7-8, 2017

Invited Speakers include: Matt Zwolinski (USD) and Evelyn Forget (Manitoba)

Those interested in presenting a paper are invited to submit a 2-3 page abstract (double-spaced) by Dec. 1, 2016. Papers need not address each element of the workshop theme.  We are casting a wide net, and encourage thinking broadly about the theme.

Only one submission per person is permitted. Abstracts will be evaluated by a program committee and decisions will be made by the end of January, 2017.


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CFP: Workshop on ‘Religion, Hate and Offence in a Changing World’


Workshop on ‘Religion, Hate and Offence in a Changing World’

Cardiff University, School of Law and Politics, 14-15 December 2016

Keynote speaker: Professor Jocelyn Maclure (Université Laval)

This workshop aims to bring together scholars working on the relationship between religion and free speech. This relationship is complex. On the one hand, it has been central to recent discussions of hate speech and offensive speech targeting religious believers, and especially members of religious minorities. For example, the current wave of Islamophobia across Europe, prompted by migratory pressure, an unstable Middle East, and the backlash from the recent terrorist attacks in France and Belgium, has brought the issue of hate speech directed at religious minorities back to the forefront of public debate in western liberal democracies. Furthermore, the tension between freedom of speech and blasphemy continues to elicit public and academic debate, as shown by the 2006 Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy and, more recently, by the Charlie Hebdo controversies and attack. On the other hand, religious believers sometimes defend their use of derogatory and extreme speech against members of other religious faiths, or people with a certain sexual orientation, as part of their religious freedom. Recent examples include Swedish Pastor Ake Green’s likening of homosexuals with ‘cancer’; Tunisian preacher Muhammad Hammami’s anti-semitic remarks; Belfast Pastor James McConnell’s description of Islam as ‘heathen’ and ‘satanic’; and American conservative Evangelical Christian TV evangelist Andrew Wommack’s claim that gay people are ‘not normal’. Religious believers, therefore, can be both victims and instigators of hate speech and offensive speech, and this renders an examination of the relationship between these kinds of speech and religion especially important.


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Call for papers Conference on Iris Marion Young, Paris 2017

Call for Papers
International Conference on Iris M. Young
University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne
May 31st, June 1st and 2nd 2017

An international and interdisciplinary conference on the work of Iris Marion Young will be held on May 31st, June 1st and 2nd 2017 in the University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, by the Sorbonne Centre of Contemporary Philosophy in the Sorbonne Institute of Legal and Philosophical Sciences.
Our aim is to draw attention on Young’s work in the French academic context where it is still unfamiliar and overneglected, a situation which starkly contrasts with the success it received elsewhere. Indeed, while Young’s books have been translated in many countries, none has been translated into French yet. The 10th anniversary of her death in 2016 gives us the opportunity to fill in this gap. The purpose of the conference is not only to pay tribute to Iris Marion Young but also to show how current research in moral, social and political philosophy has been deeply transformed and inspired by many of her insights.
Young’s work is characterized by its scope and internal variety. In her books and articles, she addressed epistemological, theoretical, political and moral questions; she drew on social sciences, on her experience as a woman and as a feminist, as well as on her knowledge of the European philosophical tradition. To introduce the diversity of her work to a French audience, we invite paper proposals along the four following lines:
1. The nature and methods of social critique.
2. Rethinking subjectivity: lived experience, the body and social structures.
3. The politics of difference: practices and justifications.
4. Responsibility: models and implications for justice.


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JOURNAL ISSUE: “Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric” 9/1, 2nd relaunch issue

We are pleased to announce the publication of the second re-launch issue of Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric. The issue is devoted to the topic of “Global Justice and Non-Domination,” and features original articles by Dorothea Gaedeke, Frank Lovett, Philip Pettit, and Nicholas Vrousalis.

D. Gaedeke, “The Domination of States: Towards an Inclusive Republican Law of Peoples”
F. Lovett, “Should Republicans Be Cosmopolitans?”
P. Pettit, “The Globalized Republican Ideal”
N. Vrousalis, “Imperialism, Globalization and Resistance”

All articles and reviews can be freely accessed at:


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Call for Papers for Conference

“Overcriminalization and Indigent Legal Care”

April 6 & 7, 2017 – Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
The Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics

Georgia State University

Keynote speakers: 
David Boonin (Philosophy, University of Colorado)
Jelani Jefferson Exum (Law, University of Toledo)
Doug Husak (Philosophy, Rutgers University)

There has been growing lay and scholarly concern with the access to legal services available to poorer persons in our society. Many commentators note that moral and policy difficulties of related trends are compounded by what some see as overcriminalization. This interdisciplinary conference will bring together leading scholars in philosophy, legal theory, and related fields to present original scholarship on these issues.

  • Possible topic areas include:
  • justice and criminalization
  • distributive justice and access to legal services
  • the scope of criminal law
  • political legitimacy and retributive justice
  • the administrative state and the indigent
  • reasons and causes for overcriminalization
  • the effect of overcriminalization on society, especially the indigent
  • how to reduce the effects of criminalization, especially on the indigent
  • and related themes

The conference will include one public symposium, including presentations by:
Michael Lee Owens (Political Science, Emory University)
Bernadette Rabuy (The Prison Policy Initiative)


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The Oxford Handbook of Well-Being and Public Policy has just been published. The Handbook provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary treatment of its topic.

The Handbook includes thirty chapters divided into four Parts. Part I covers the full range of methodologies for evaluating governmental policy and assessing societal condition — including both the leading approaches in current use by policymakers and academics (such as GDP, cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, inequality and poverty metrics, and the concept of the “social welfare function”), and emerging techniques (such as “social ordering functions,” multidimensional indices grounded in the notion of “capabilities,” and happiness-based policy analysis). Part II focuses on the nature of well-being. What, most fundamentally, determines whether an individual life is better or worse for the person living it? Her happiness? Her preference-satisfaction? Her attainment of various “objective goods”? Part III addresses the measurement of well-being and the thorny topic of interpersonal comparisons. How can we construct a meaningful scale of individual welfare, which allows for comparisons of well-being levels and differences, both within one individual’s life, and across lives? Should we even attempt to do so, or is it better to evaluate policy with respect to each “capability” taken separately? Finally, Part IV reviews the major challenges to designing governmental policy around individual well-being: social evaluation under risk and uncertainty, the role of individual responsibility, badly behaved preferences, measuring well-being on a lifetime basis, measurement challenges posed by price heterogeneity and household-level data, and policy effects on future generations.


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