Religious Exemptions Conference

Hi folks. I thought I’d throw up a reminder for anyone interested that Bowling Green State University is hosting a conference, “The Scope of Religious Exemptions,” on April 17th and 18th. Our keynote speakers are Robert Audi (Notre Dame) and Andy Koppelman (Northwestern). Michael Perry (Emory) and Perry Dane (Rutgers) are presenting their work as well, along with Jocelyn Macclure, Lucas Swaine, Chad Flanders, Lori Watson, Christie Hartley, Simon May(!), Kyle Swan, Mark Navin, Naama Ofrath. Here‘s a link to our conference webpage. If you’re available, you can register for the conference there. We’d love to have you!


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Law, whether understood as an institutional organization of life in common or as a rational discourse about the conditions that allow that order, constitutes a viewing point from which we can observe any aspect of society. Similarly, starting from virtually any social event it is possible to draw a line that leads, eventually, towards the legal. The deep interrelation between law and other dimensions of social life dictates, therefore, that the study of the law be conducted from a multidisciplinary perspective. Furthermore, the importance of what is at stake in the relationship between the legal and its social environment requires that this study be undertaken from a critical perspective.


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CFA: Disobey! Understanding the Politics and Ethics of Disobedience

Disobey! Understanding the Politics and Ethics of Disobedience

Sciences Po & IPSA RC 31 Conference

Paris, September 27-29, 2015

Key-note Speakers: Kimberley Brownlee (University of Warwick), Frédéric Gros (Sciences Po)

Organizing & Selection Committee: Astrid von Busekist (Sciences Po), Fréderic Gros (Sciences Po), John Medearis (University of California Riverside), Andrei Poama (Sciences Po), Maurits de Jongh (Sciences Po)

IPSA’s Research Committee on Political Philosophy (RC31) and Sciences Po, Paris are pleased to announce that a jointly organized conference on disobedience will be taking place at Sciences Po, Paris. The purpose of this conference is to explore the content and to assess the force of contemporary injunctions to disobey. In doing so, we want to step back from those dominant views that concentrate primarily on the question of civil disobedience, and see if there are other less visible forms of disobedience that demand closer theoretical scrutiny. Our conceptual bet is that disobedience does not have to be civil in order for it to matter politically and ethically. We intend to ask what is the meaning of disobedience, reflect on how disobedience gives rise to particular social movements and ideals, analyze the extent to which the morality of disobedient acts is practice-dependent, and think about whether there are categorically distinct types of disobedience.


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Religion in Liberal Political Philosophy

UCL, 10-12 June, 2015

The Religion and Political Theory Centre (RAPT) at UCL will host a major conference on Religion and Liberal Political Philosophy on 10-12 June this year:

Liberal political philosophers have recently received criticism for their inadequate grasp or unreflective use of the category of religion. Liberal philosophers, it is said, have not sufficiently reflected on the specific trajectory of western secularism. As a result, liberal theories of freedom of religion, of state neutrality, of non-establishment and of the rights of conscience are conceptually, as well as normatively, problematic. This conference will present cutting-edge work in political philosophy that takes these criticisms seriously and offers new perspectives on the normative place of religion in liberal political philosophy.


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CfP: Brave New World Graduate Conference

Brave New World 2015: Call for Papers

We invite submissions for Brave New World 2015, the nineteenth annual postgraduate conference organised by the Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT). The conference will take place on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th of June 2015 at the University of Manchester.

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speakers this year will be:

  • Jeff McMahan (University of Oxford, Oxford): “Proportionality in Defense Against Inflictors of Many Small Harms”
  • Serena Olsaretti (ICREA-Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona): “Children as Negative Externalities”

The Brave New World conference series is a leading international forum dedicated to the discussion of postgraduate research in political theory. Participants will have the chance to meet and talk about their work with eminent academics, including members of faculty from the University of Manchester as well as the guest speakers who will deliver plenary addresses.


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Edinburgh Legal Theory Seminar Series 2015/16: Call for Presenters

The Edinburgh Legal Theory Research Group has now opened a call for presenters for the 2015/16 academic year. More information here.

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