Post Doctoral Opening

The chair of International Political Theory, Prof. Darrel Moellendorf, Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” at Goethe-University Frankfurt is offering a position as Research Associate (PhD) to begin in September 2016:
Eine Stelle als wissenschaftliche/-r Mitarbeiter/in
(E 13 TV-G-U, 100 %)
The appointment is limited until 31 October 2017.
Applicants should have a PhD in political philosophy or political theory and research interests in international political theory and/or climate change and justice. A thorough knowledge of English and significant international experience is expected. The language ability to work well in a German speaking environment is desirable.

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2nd CFP: Workshop on Exploitation & Coercion

The Center for Ethics & Policy at Carnegie Mellon University invites paper abstracts for an inaugural Workshop on Ethics & Policy to be hosted November 4-5, 2016 at the CMU campus in Pittsburgh, PA. We are pleased to welcome Richard Arneson as our keynote speaker.

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the publication of Alan Wertheimer’s seminal work Exploitation, the theme for our inaugural workshop is “Exploitation and Coercion”. Submissions are welcome on any topic germane to the works of Dr. Wertheimer, with preference given to papers related to the relevance of exploitation and/or coercion to current issues in applied ethics and policy.

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Reminder: Upcoming Deadline (July 30), for essay prize in Global Justice theory

Reminder: Upcoming Deadline (July 30)

Global Justice: Theory, Practice, Rhetoric

Jonathan Trejo-Mathys Essay Prize ($1000.00 USD), sponsored by the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College

The editors of Global Justice: Theory, Practice, Rhetoric invite submissions of unpublished papers for our inaugural essay prize, in honour of Jonathan Trejo-Mathys (1979-2014). Trejo-Mathys, a member of the Global Justice Network and assistant professor of philosophy at Boston College, worked in both philosophy and critical social theory. In his honour, we welcome submissions in all areas of political theory concerning global justice, and we especially welcome submissions in the areas of 1) global justice and trade or 2) the contribution of critical theory to global justice.

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CFP: Cambridge University Press Graduate Student’s Prize

The Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought invites graduate students registered for a doctoral degree at any university in the UK or the Republic of Ireland, engaged in research in any area of the fields of political thought and theory, to submit a paper which will form the basis for presentation at the Political Thought Conference 2017, to be held in Oxford (January 5-7 2017). The academic convenors for the conference (Aletta Norval and Robin Douglass) will select one paper to be included in the conference programme. The winning candidate will be given free conference registration, accommodation, meals and travel expenses.

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Call for Abstracts: Fat Tails–Imposing and Redistributing Risks

Climate Ethics And Climate Economics: Fat Tails – Imposing and Redistributing Risks
Workshop at the London School of Economics
Convened by Kai Spiekermann and Jonathan Aldred, supported by the ESRC

14-15 September 2016

Accompanied by public lectures given by Prof Pindyck and Prof Gardiner on the evening of the 13th and 15th of September
The third of six ESRC-funded workshops on Climate Ethics and Climate Economics

Keynote Speakers
Professor Stephen Gardiner, University of Washington
Professor Robert S. Pindyck, MIT

This workshop will focus on large-scale risks caused by climate change. In particular, we are interested in discussing theoretical, empirical and normative questions arising from large-scale risks and so-called “fat tail” risk distributions. The realizations that climate change may well be catastrophic and the probabilities of catastrophic outcomes difficult to quantify has shifted the debate towards more “precautionary” approaches. Debates about the most rational response to large scale risks and uncertainty should be complemented by a normative analysis of risk imposition: under which conditions, if any, is it permissible to impose such risks or redistribute them from one group to another? The workshop seeks to bring together economists, philosophers and practitioners to tackle these pressing questions.

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Symposium: Cosmopolitan Law and the Courts in Transnational Legal Theory 2016 (Taylor&Francis, Routledge)

Excerpt from the Introduction by C.Corradetti

The thesis of a “cosmopolitan turn” of a state’s constitutionalism has quite extensively influenced the debate over the contemporary transformation of international law. A Copernican revolution of sorts, it has consisted not only of a phenomenological shift, but also of the creation of a new paradigm for the definition of legitimate domestic orders. The cosmopolitan turn has also run parallel to the constitutionalization of international law. Here, constitutionalization is neither simply a process of legalization nor, obviously, a constitution as such. This is due to the fact that constitutionalization implies a number of processes which international law undergoes together with a multiplicity of purposes that are served therewith. It indicates the transformation of bilateral or multilateral agreements into higher order principles of wider scope. In order for this transformation to be possible, a shift in reasoning should precede, one moving away from an instrumental, technocratic form into a value-based approach of legal reasoning. This value inclusion within legal thinking is what the term “constitutionalism” aims to capture. As a mode of reasoning — as a “mindset” — constitutionalism brings about the conditions of a rule of law conceived around the standard of equality, human dignity, or freedom. Constitutionalism indicates also a process of self-reflexivity. It provides a meta-framework from which to evaluate the legitimacy of its own constitutions, their finality and role within transnational law […].

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