PhD position in Political Philosophy, Tromsø / Extended application deadline

Extended application deadline (17.3.2017) for a fully funded 3 year PhD position in Political Philosophy, at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø.

The position is part of the Globalizing Minority Rights -project ( funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

For full details and how to apply:

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CfP: Climate Ethics and Climate Economics–Risk, Uncertainty and Catastrophe Scenarios

May 9th & 10th, University of Cambridge

Scholars have warned that there is an uncertain chance of runaway climate change that could devastate the planet. At least since Hans Jonas’s The Imperative of Responsibility, some have argued that even low-probability existential risks should be treated in a fundamentally different way. How should we act when we believe that there is a chance of a catastrophe, but cannot make reliable probability estimates? How much should we worry about worst-case scenarios? What should we do when experts disagree about whether catastrophe is possible?

These are some of the questions we will be posing at the fifth of six ESRC-funded workshops exploring issues where the ethics and economics of climate change intersect. It will be held at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk.


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2017 Montreal Political Theory Manuscript Workshop Award Winner

The Groupe de recherche en philosophie politique de Montréal (GRIPP) is pleased to announce the 2017 winner of the Annual Montreal Political Theory Manuscript Workshop Award: “Philosophers of Parliament: The Promise and Perils of the Legislature and the Origins of Liberalism,” by Will Selinger of Harvard University. A workshop on the manuscript will be held in Montreal in May.

Le Groupe de recherche en philosophie politique de Montréal (GRIPP) a le plaisir d’annoncer le gagnant du Prix annuel de l’atelier de manuscrit de philosophie politique de Montréal (2017): “Philosophers of Parliament: The Promise and Perils of the Legislature and the Origins of Liberalism,” par Will Selinger de Harvard University. Un atelier sur le manuscrit aura lieu à Montréal au mois de mai.


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4 PhD Scholarships in Political Philosophy at UWO, Canada

Thanks to the generosity of the F.M. Barnard Trust, Western University (London, Canada) now offers up to four Barnard Scholarships annually to graduate students in the field of political philosophy.  The Scholarships currently have a value of C$12500, awarded in addition to Western’s standard package of support, and are available to Canadian or international students. They may be held in either the Politics or the Philosophy departments: the two departments have a strong record of collaboration, and students in political philosophy draw on the teaching and supervision of both. For more information, visit either department’s site:, or For enquiries regarding the scholarship: Richard Vernon,


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New MA in PPE University of Groningen

The University of Groningen offers a new one-year MA in PPE (taught in English) – please distribute widely. Particulars available here:

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Still inviting abstracts for panel on normative democratic theory at ECPR Oslo

We are looking to submit the below panel proposal to the ECPR General Conference, 6-9 September 2017 in Oslo, and are still inviting abstracts for this via an open call – deadline coming up very soon:

Locating deliberative democracy’s normative principles in real-world political practice

Panel chairs: Andrew Knops (Birmingham), Marit Hammond (Keele)

Deliberative democracy was conceived as a theory of democratic legitimacy. Since its inception, however, much effort has been devoted to considering how its principles might apply to real-world practice. The most comprehensive of these confront the ‘mass public’ sphere of decision-making in electoral democracies as a whole. The problems of scale and diversity raised at this level present formidable challenges to such attempts at application.


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