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“TVA” Conference: Themes on the Moral Philosophy of Kant and Rawls

The Program for the Tennessee Value and Agency (“TVA”) 2012 Conference is now available here: http://web.utk.edu/~acureto1/tva/files/2012/08/2012-TVA-Program.pdf
Those interested in attending may consult Adam Cureton, adamcureton@utk.edu, with questions, should there be any. The meeting is open to the public and we hope political philosophers in the area will give special thought to attending. It’ll be a very good meeting.

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Call for Abstracts: TVA Conference: Rawls and Kant

Final Call for Abstracts
Themes from the Moral Philosophy of Rawls and Kant
Tennessee Value and Agency (TVA) Annual Conference
University of Tennessee
November 16-18, 2012

Keynote speakers:
Thomas M. Scanlon, Harvard University
Pamela Hieronymi, UCLA

Abstracts (of 2-3 double-spaced pages and prepared for blind review) are due by June 15, 2012 by email to Adam Cureton (adamcureton@utk.edu).

John Rawls spent most of his career writing about justice and democratic
political systems, but scattered throughout his earliest papers, course
lectures and books are suggestive remarks and undeveloped ideas about moral philosophy more generally, including its proper methodology, the role of normative ethical theory, the relevance of empirical psychology as well as
substantive positions on moral topics ranging from supererogation to guilt,
shame and love. Perhaps Rawls’ greatest influence in moral philosophy so far has been through his students and colleagues, who have in various ways developed, refined and reworked dominant themes in an evolving tradition of moral philosophy that many of them share with Rawls and Kant.

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New Book — Reconstructing Rawls: The Kantian Foundations of Justice as Fairness

Reconstructing RawlsHi folks,

Just wanted to make a shameless plug for my new book, which may be of interest to some of you. Here’s a link to the book’s PSUP website (which has further links to Amazon, etc.) and a synopsis.

With the publication of A Theory of Justice in 1971, John Rawls not only rejuvenated contemporary political philosophy but also defended a Kantian form of Enlightenment liberalism called “justice as fairness.”  Enlightenment liberalism stresses the development and exercise of our capacity for autonomy, while Reformation liberalism emphasizes diversity and the toleration that encourages it. These two strands of liberalism are often mutually supporting, but they conflict in a surprising number of cases, whether over the accommodation of group difference, the design of civic education, or the promotion of liberal values internationally.  During the 1980’s, however, Rawls began to jettison key Kantian characteristics of his theory, a process culminating in the 1993 release of Political Liberalism and completing the transformation of justice as fairness into a Reformation liberalism.

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How can I teach Kant–without too much Kant?

Hi all,

I just joined Public Reason (having met Simon at a conference) and am looking forward to participating.  I’ve already seen lots of terrific material, and realize that I should have joined long ago.

I have what may seem a strange problem.  I’ll be teaching an undergraduate lecture course in Political Ethics next Spring quarter, as I have in the past.  This is a conceptual rather than a practical course, it covers not bribes and whistleblowing, but the basic theoretical works relevant to political ethics issues (though we will treat a few actual cases).  We’ll be reading Pitkin on representation, Machiavelli’s Prince, Weber’s “Politics as a Vocation”–and a bit of moral philosophy on an introductory level: utilitarianism, deontology, Bernard Williams on integrity and personal projects and shooting one to save ten, that sort of thing.  While the course is nominally upper level, there are no prerequisites (UCLA’s bureaucracy won’t allow it), and UCLA has no core requirements in moral and political philosophy such that I can count on students’ knowing some.   Nor is this a course for philosophy (or political theory) majors.  The students are political science or public policy majors interested in the substantive issues, not in ethical theory.

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