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CFP: Assessing the Relevance of Ideal Theory (MANCEPT 2017)

Here’s a call for papers for a worskshop a colleague of mine and I are organizing at MANCEPT later this year:

A natural way to theorize about social institutions and rules is to focus on first identifying what the perfect model of such arrangements looks like. After all, if we are interested in determining what justice in our specific situation requires, then it seems sensible to first figure out what justice requires in general. We might label a theory that takes up such an approach ideal theory. Rawls took the function of ideal theory to be the generation of guiding principles for how actual societies and political institutions should be arranged. On his view, ideal theory was to be supplemented with a nonideal theory, which is tasked at least partly with determining the morally justifiable and politically feasible means of moving actual societies closer to the ideal one. Of course, Rawls’s usage of the term “ideal theory” is narrower than how it is employed by contemporary writers on the subject. For Rawls, the term referred to a theory that imagines realistic utopia in which individuals are assumed to be fully compliant and possess an effective sense of justice. More generally, we can take ideal theory to also refer simply to any theory that advances a vision of a perfect society that fully embodies a normative political or moral value such as justice. Such an approach to theorizing is to be contrasted with any other that merely aims to solve moral or justice-related problems in our actual, imperfect world, without reference to a perfect society.

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CFP: Confucian Political Theory (MANCEPT Workshops)

Confucian Political Theory

MANCEPT Workshops 2017,

Monday 11 September to Wednesday 13 September 

Conveners: Elton Chan (Yale-NUS College), Larry Lai (University of Hong Kong) and Baldwin Wong (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

 Call for Abstract

In recent years there has been an increasing interest among Anglo-American political theorists in comparing the diverse ways of how the Western and Chinese thinkers address political issues. Several academic publishers (such as Cambridge University Press and Princeton University Press) and journals (such as European Journal of Political Theory 15(4)) begin to publish books and articles about Confucianism. Unlike the past generation of thinkers, such as Theodore de Bary and Tu Wei Ming, who aimed to show that Confucianism is not necessarily tied to authoritarianism but in many ways compatible with western liberal democratic values, some contemporary political theorists (Jiang 2012, Bell 2006, 2016) argue that Confucianism offers a distinctive alternative to liberal democracy, which enables us to reflect on the liberal democratic values that are usually taken for granted. While some political theorists do recognize liberal democratic values, they believe that Confucianism can offer insights to revolve problems that worry current liberal democratic societies (Chan 2014, Angle 2012). The growing body of literature can be found in these years.

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Call for Papers: Epistemic Perspectives on Democracy and the Market

MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory

Manchester

7th – 9th September 2016

Conveners: Michael Bennett (University of York) & Jonathan Benson (University of Manchester)

This workshop aims to stimulate a productive dialogue between those working on epistemic arguments for and against democracy and the market. We welcome papers focused exclusively on epistemic democracy, papers focused exclusively on epistemic arguments for markets, and papers which bring the two debates together.

Alongside the tradition of epistemic democracy there is an opposing tradition, including Hayekian economics, of epistemic arguments for markets. Both traditions reject idealised epistemic assumptions such as normative certainty and agreement (common in ideal theorising about justice) and perfect information (common in neoclassical economics). Instead, epistemic perspectives take the reality of ignorance and uncertainty as the starting point for institutional design, and place the creation, communication and use of knowledge at the centre of their analysis.

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CfP: Workfare (MANCEPT, 7-9 September 2016)

CfP: Workfare

Manchester Workshops in Political Theory, 7-9 September 2016

This workshop aims to take stock of the political philosophical and theoretical debate on workfare, to critically explore the normative underpinning of workfare and those of concrete workfare policies. Workfare will be discussed from various perspectives such as marxism, liberalism or communitarism and in connection to related issues such as the value of work and labor, justice within the welfare system, the wrongs of poverty and exploitation, or the place of the market in the distribution of benefits and burdens.

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Call For Papers: Workshop On Happiness And Politics, MANCEPT Workshops, September 4th-6th 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS: WORKSHOP ON HAPPINESS AND POLITICS

MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory – Tenth Annual Conference

Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT), University of Manchester

September 4th-6th 2013

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Over the last two decades, happiness has become an active field of research for psychologists, economists and philosophers, despite the fact that concerns for happiness are not new. For centuries, thinkers have been trying to define happiness and identify its determinants. Some assimilate happiness to mental dispositions involving the presence of pleasure and the absence of displeasure (hedonia), while others view ‘authentic happiness’ (Martin Seligman) as ultimately bound to more substantial individual accomplishment (eudaimonia). In economics, the predominant view on welfare is preference satisfaction.

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[CFP] Workshop on the Normative Justifications for the Welfare State

Workshop on ‘Normative Justifications for the Welfare State: Markets, Cooperation and Regulation’

MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory – Ninth Annual Conference
Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT), University of Manchester
5th – 7th September 2012

The welfare state is a, if not the, major institution of modern industrialized societies, which competences cover a large array of topics. When it comes to justify why the welfare state is doing this or that, diverse arguments are usually mobilized (equality, community, public interest, satisfaction of basic needs, etc.).

Political theorists for instance identified one of its key functions as one of redistribution. Welfare state’s role however exceeds pure redistribution by including the provision of goods and services (not limited to the traditional ‘public goods’), regulation of markets, guarantee of the conditions for a fair cooperation and risk-management. These various activities explain the importance of public institutions in the promotion of collective welfare and economic growth.

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