Reminder: CfP: LSE Political Theory Graduate Conference – Deadline for submission Friday December 12th!

This is the last week to submit your abstract for the LSE Political Theory Graduate Conference.

Deadline for submission of abstracts (500 words max.): December 12, 2014

(Abstract can be submitted through the conference website or via email)

The LSE Department of Government is pleased to announce its first Political Theory Graduate Conference to take place on 19 and 20 March, 2015. The aim of the conference is to give graduate students working in the field of political theory (broadly conceived) an opportunity to present and discuss their projects with peers, receive feedback for work in progress, and build a wider community of graduate political theorists across the UK, Europe and beyond.


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Associate Professor in Philosophy – Two Positions

There are two vacant positions as Associate Professor of philosophy (any area) at the University of Oslo. The positions are tenured.

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Res Publica Vol. 20 Issue 4 & Final Reminder for PG Prize

Res Publica, Volume 20 , Issue 4, is now available:

Winner of the PG Essay Prize
Can Culture Justify Infant Circumcision?
Eldar Sarajlic

Is the Expiration of Intellectual Property Rights a Problem for
Non-consequentialist Theories of Intellectual Property?
Jukka Varelius

The Centralized-Use Compromise on Recreational Drug Policy
Jeffrey Glick

Language as a Global Public Good
Isaac Taylor

Democracy and the Right to Exclusion
Ludvig Beckman

The Incompleteness of Ideal Theory
Jörg Schaub

Just Freedom?
Sven Nyholm

Is membership always social?
Desiree Lim

Anstract and full text available on


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3rd St Andrews Graduate Conference in International Political Theory: Politics of Responsibility

Hosted by the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews
28-29 May 2015

On 28-29 May 2015 the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, is hosting the 3rd St Andrews Graduate Conference in International Political Theory. The theme of the Conference is the politics of responsibility. We aim to provide a forum for a fruitful exchange between a range of perspectives, interests and concerns oriented towards the rubric of international political theory that seek to contribute to this challenging, yet intriguing topic. We welcome paper proposals from various disciplinary backgrounds and wish to offer an opportunity for postgraduate students to present and discuss their work in a stimulating and friendly academic environment.


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On Vallier’s Ch. 6 “Reconciliation in Law”

I have known Kevin and his work for five years, and I am glad that so many great people have joined in this reading group. Special thanks go to Simon May for supporting our discussion. I will here keep my summary remarks to just the most central issues of the chapter for, despite the many things Kevin and I agree about, I have a number of issues to raise.


Chapter 6 draws out the implications of convergence liberalism in two areas. First, Kevin is concerned to bring out the implications for the political production of law, including issues of public advocacy for policies and judicial interpretation of laws. Second, Kevin considers the issue of legal accommodation, illustrating the convergence analysis of accommodation with illustrations drawn from case law regarding the free exercise of religion.


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CFP: Illiberal Views in Liberal States

Philosophy and Public Issues
Call for papers

Symposium: Illiberal Views in Liberal States
With a discussion of Corey Brettschneider ’s When the State Speaks, What Should It Say? (Princeton University Press, 2012)

Submission Deadline
Long Abstract (1,000 words max): 15 March, 2015
Full paper (10,000 words max, upon acceptance): 15 June, 2015

Invited Contributors
Annabelle Lever (University of Geneva), Jennifer Rubinstein (University of Virginia), Sarah Conly (Bowdoin College), Kevin Vallier (Bowling Green State University) and Corey Brettschneider (Brown University)

Aims and Background
Moral, political or religious pluralism is a permanent feature of many contemporary societies. All moral philosophers and political theorists within the liberal tradition seem to agree on this. However, they profoundly disagree about how to deal with moral, political or religious views that do not accept or even explicitly deny some of liberalism’s tenets, like the idea that all citizens must equally enjoy certain freedoms—such as freedom of expression or of conscience. Here the stakes are high for liberal theorists: if they accept that some citizens live according to, and expressed, some illiberal views, then the liberal State might need to accept conducts and ideas that would otherwise be forbidden; on the other end, if the liberal State reject certain illiberal views, this might contradict or violate liberalism’s foundations—like the idea that a view cannot be legitimately imposed. How should liberals address this point?


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