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CFP: Las Torres de Lucca. International Journal of Political Philosophy

call for papers Las Torres de Lucca International Journal of Political Philosophy www.lastorresdelucca.org  ISSN: 2255-3827 Las Torres de Lucca is an international peer-reviewed biannual publication featuring articles and book reviews of Political Philosophy in both English and Spanish. It is edited … Continue reading

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Matthew Adler, Well-Being and Fair Distribution: Beyond Cost-Benefit Analysis

Matthew Adler has a major new book with OUP that will interest many readers of this blog. Here is the description: Well-Being and Fair Distribution provides a rigorous and comprehensive defense of the “social welfare function” as a tool for … Continue reading

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Thom Brooks, Punishment

Punishment is the most comprehensive monograph on the subject available. It is accessible for readers coming to the topic for the first time with new arguments and developments in each chapter that will be of interest to those already working … Continue reading

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CFP: Special Issue on “Global Justice & Practice-Dependence” in Raisons Politiques (in English)

Deadline for submissions: April 1st, 2012 Tentative publication date: Winter 2012 About the Journal Raisons Politiques is a well-established journal of political thought currently building an international reputation with the support of Sciences Po, the French renowned research institute for … Continue reading

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Bleg-Readings for a Morality of War Course

Hi everyone.  I’m conducting an advanced undergraduate course on the morality of war next erm and would be very appreciative if anyone has any suggestions on which books or articles to assign.  Obviously, I know Walzer’s book is a classic, … Continue reading

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My Warmest Thanks, and One Final Bleg

I’d like to thank all of you who sent me comments on the RNR (“Foundations of a Nonideal Theory of Justice”) I posted here the other week. Almost all of you homed in on a problem with the Side-Constraint Principle … Continue reading

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CEU Summer University: Justice: Theory and Its Applications

The CEU Summer University JUSTICE: THEORY AND ITS APPLICATIONS July 4-15, 2011 Budapest, Hungary Faculty: Peter Vallentyne, University of Missouri-Columbia, Department of Philosophy, Columbia, USA Andrew Williams, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Catalan Institute of Research and Advanced Studies, Barcelona, Spain Matthew … Continue reading

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Sen, ‘The Idea of Justice’, Chapter 15, ‘Democracy as Public Reason’

In chapter 15 of The Idea of Justice, “Democracy as Public Reason,” Sen defends the idea that democracy is a universal value. Can democracy flourish outside the west? One reason for thinking it can’t is that it (supposedly) has never … Continue reading

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Sen, ‘The Idea of Justice’, Chapter 12, ‘Capabilities and Resources’

Chapter 12, Capabilities and Resources, begins with the well-known contrasts between capabilities (as what opportunities people actually have) and resourcist views. Sen then outlines four kinds of contingencies that figure importantly into the conversion of resources into the lives people … Continue reading

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Sen, ‘The Idea of Justice’ (Chapter 9, ‘Plurality of Impartial Reasons’)

This chapter continues in the vein of the preceding ones by using Rawls as a foil in order to lay out some general concepts that presumably will be developed in the second half of the book.  Accordingly, many of my … Continue reading

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Sen, ‘The Idea of Justice’ (Chapter 5, Impartiality and Objectivity)

In this chapter, Sen weaves together three different lines of thought: Wollstonecraft’s critique of Burke, impartiality as a minimalist basis for evaluative objectivity, and the role of convention in the relations among facts and values. 1. Sen identifies two features … Continue reading

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Sen, ‘The Idea of Justice’ (Chapter 4, Voice and Social Choice)

This chapter tells us more about Sen’s understanding of the ‘transcendental’/comparative distinction. I’m not going to cover all (or even most) of the points he raises in this chapter. Instead, I want to raise a question that builds on a … Continue reading

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Sen’s ‘The Idea of Justice’ (Chapter 2, ‘Rawls and Beyond’)

As its title suggests, this chapter is a critical discussion of Rawls’s political philosophy.  However, the chapter is not Sen’s only critical treatment of Rawls’s ideas in the book: some criticisms noted in the ‘Introduction’ are not developed here but … Continue reading

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Sen’s ‘The Idea of Justice’ (Chapter 1, ‘Reason and Objectivity’)

The main point of this chapter is to defend a conception of objectivity in our normative thinking about justice.  Against critics of the ‘Enlightenment tradition,’ Sen defends the idea that we should understand reason as the “ultimate arbitrator of ethical … Continue reading

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Schedule for Sen, “The Idea of Justice”, Reading Group

Dear Public Reason Contributors and Readers, Below is the schedule for our international online reading group on Amartya Sen’s recent book, The Idea of Justice.  Of course, modifications to the schedule may have to be made as we go along, … Continue reading

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CFP: Felician Ethics Conference: April 24, 2010

  CALL FOR PAPERS   The fourth annual meeting of the Felician Ethics Conference will be held at the Rutherford Campus of Felician College 223 Montross Ave Rutherford, NJ 07070 on Saturday, April 24, 2010, 9 am – 6 pm … Continue reading

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Distributive Justice in the Abstract and Concrete

In talking with people about questions of distributive justice, one often encounters a peculiar sort of conflict or tension. It’s not just that different people hold different views on the question. Rather, each individual person seems somehow to be pulled … Continue reading

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