FINAL CALL (Deadline August 1): Harvard Graduate Conference in Political Theory

The Department of Government (FAS) at Harvard University will host its annual conference for graduate students in political theory and political philosophy on October 31–November 1, 2014. Papers on any theme or topic within political theory — from the history of political thought to contemporary normative theory — will be considered.  Between six and eight papers will be accepted.

Submissions are due via email in PDF form by August 1, 2014. Papers will be refereed by current Harvard graduate students, and acceptance notices will be sent by early September. Please limit each submission to 7,500 words (about 20 double-spaced pages). Essays longer than 10,000 words will not be considered. Each submission should include two PDF files: one with the paper formatted for blind review (free of personal and institutional information), and the other including a cover page with the title of the paper, an abstract (250 words max.), and your name, email address, and institutional affiliation.


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Call for papers Las Torres de Lucca, International Journal of Political Philosophy

Las Torres de Lucca. International Journal of Political Philosophy is an international peer-reviewed biannual publication featuring articles and book reviews of Political Philosophy in both English and Spanish.
We welcome submissions for the 2014-2015 issues.
Articles must be original and unedited. We ask authors to refrain from submitting their paper to other publications while it is being considered by Las Torres de Lucca.
Files must be presented as OpenOffice, Microsoft Word format or any other software fulfilling the features of the Open Document Format for Office Applications.
Maximum lenght of the articles is 15000 words and book reviews 2500 words (aprox. 4 pages).
An abstract should be included in articles (200 word max.) and keywords both in Spanish and English. Citation should be done as follows: (Gauthier 1986, 12).


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Call for proposals: ‘Ethical Underpinnings of Climate Economics’

The debates around climate change have renewed the interest in the relation between ethics and economics. The most recent indication of this is the Working Group III report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which takes the ethical foundations of climate mitigation policies explicitly into consideration. While recognising the role of economics in climate policy choices, the IPCC report stresses the limits of economics in addressing some ethical values and considerations of justice that cannot be easily monetized. The report also emphasises how economic methods – even when monetizing is possible – implicitly involve significant ethical assumptions.


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“In the Unjust Meantime: A Conference in Honor of Alison M. Jaggar”

The 2014 Morris Colloquium at the University of Colorado Boulder will celebrate the work of Alison Jaggar, CU-Boulder College Professor of Distinction in Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies. The conference will feature keynote speakers Vicky (Elizabeth) Spelman, Susan Brison, and Alison Jaggar.  In addition to the keynotes, there will be panel presentations by professional philosophers who studied with Jaggar at CU-Boulder and who currently work in “non-ideal theory.”

The Morris Colloquium immediately precedes the Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress (RoME):


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New book: Human Rights


With apologies for shameless self-promotion, colleagues (and their students) interested in human rights theory may be interested in my new book:

Human Rights

Kerri Woods

Palgrave Macmillan  ISBN: 9780230302754

What are human rights? Why do we have them? How do we know for sure which rights are specific to humans? And how should we respond when we disagree on them and on the obligations we owe to others who claim human rights? These are just a few of the questions taken up in this broad-ranging and systematic introduction to the theory of human rights.

The author draws on both traditional perspectives and current debates in the field to address key contemporary issues and conceptual questions. She asks whether or not human rights can be said to be universal, and whether human rights can encompass global justice, environmental rights and global security for future generations. In addition she explores the particular effects of differences of gender, sexuality, culture and religion on the nature of human rights in contemporary society, and the implications these might have for international legal and political regimes.


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Chair in Political Theory, University of Amsterdam

The Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam is looking to appoint a Chair in Political Theory (rank: full professor, permanent). Applications from candidates with expertise in any area of political theory, political philosophy, and/or history of political thought will be considered. The successful candidate will be an outstanding researcher with a strong international profile and an ability to attract research funding. The official advert can be found here. Feel free to contact me to discuss the position informally.

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