Essay Contest “Politics and Philosophy”

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Dear colleagues and friends,

World Philosophy Network and e-magazine “Philosophical Views” support the initiative of the UNESCO by celebrating World Philosophy Day on the third Thursday of November.

We invite all colleagues to send us essays on the topic:

“Politics and Philosophy”.

Each paper should have your own original critical review, bibliography and your professional biography in a few sentences. The text shouldn`t be longer than 2000 words. The language is English. The Essay Contest is open to all those engaged in social sciences and humanities or are active in various organizations (ngo, political parties, humanitarian organizations etc.) 

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CFP: PPE Society Panel on Policy Epistemology

The newly formed Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) Society is hosting its first annual conference from March 16th to March 19th, 2017 in New Orleans. The conference contains a variety of panels, and we’re hosting one on policy epistemology. Policy epistemology concerns questions surrounding the ethics of belief and advocacy regarding public policy, especially with respect to those who formulate and implement policy. How much evidence does one require in order to justify an expansion of public health insurance? How high of an evidential bar must empirical evidence satisfy before it can justify legal restrictions, such as regulations on carbon emissions? How should we handle rational disputes about social scientific questions as they bear on public policy? For instance, how seriously should we take the fact that macroeconomic policy is the subject of enormous disputes between expert economists in formulating countercyclical policy? Does disagreement prevent government officials from implementing, say, Keynesian countercyclical economic policy?

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CFA: Conference on Public Life and Religious Diversity, University of Oxford

Department of Politics and International Relations and Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford

Location and date: Harris Manchester College, 7-9 September 2017

Academic convenors: Teresa Bejan, Simon Caney, Elizabeth Frazer

Email: religiousdiversityconference@politics.ox.ac.uk

In the past two decades, there has been much talk in political theory about the role of religion in the public sphere. The resulting discussions of public reason and its limits, secularism and disestablishment, the nature of toleration, and the scope of religious exemptions have been invaluable. For many theorists, however, the fundamental worry remains: can the tensions between the demands of liberalism and the obligations of faith be negotiated? Or will containing—or constraining—religion within the bounds of a liberal polity always infringe upon the freedom of conscience ostensibly at liberalism’s core?

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Philosophy MA Scholarship

Georgia State University’s highly ranked terminal MA program in Philosophy offers a graduate “Scholarship in Liberalism.” This is a competitively awarded scholarship for an outstanding student with a demonstrated interest in the arguments of historical or contemporary philosophical liberals (in the tradition of figures such as Locke, Smith, Hume, and Mill) about issues such as freedom, justice, political authority, social order, toleration and related themes. The 2017-2018 academic year will be the third year we offer this scholarship; it provides a $15,000 stipend for each year in the two-year program plus a full tuition waiver (the second year, of course, is contingent on satisfactory performance the first year). Our Department has several funding packages available.) Some further details about funding are located here. See our excellent faculty here. Our Department has long had a strength in Social and Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Law and we place many of our graduates into excellent PhD programs.  Take a look at the rest of the Department’s website! and also that of our Ethics Center!

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Political Thought Conference at Oxford (5th-7th January)

The Annual Conference of the Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought will take place at St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford on 5th-7th January 2017 (Thursday-Saturday).

This year’s conference covers a wide range of themes like the ethics of war, juries and democratic theory, and the politics of ecological emancipation. Speakers at the conference include:

Sharon Krause (Brown); Alex Leveringhaus (Oxford); David Armitage (Harvard); Melissa Schwartzberg (NYU); Jakob Huber (LSE); Dana Mills (NYU/Bard College); Jacob T. Levy (McGill); Teresa M. Bejan (Oxford); Andreas Kalyvas (The New School)

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Vacant PhD Position in Political Philosophy, UiT

One PhD Candidate position in political philosophy is available at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway (UiT). The position is affiliated with the research group in political philosophy: Pluralism, Democracy and Justice in connection to the research project Globalizing Minority Rights: Cosmopolitanism, Global Institutions, and Cultural Justice (2016-2020) (financed by the Norwegian Research Council).

The PhD project should relate to one or more of the following themes:

(1) Conceptual issues relevant for the understanding of a particular type or types of minorities and/or minority rights in global contexts.

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