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John McCormick on Schmitt-Strauss Debate

John McCormick on Schmitt-Strauss Debate

  This is a lecture by John McCormick (Chicago), titled “Political Theology and Biblical Atheism: Revisiting The Schmitt-Strauss Debate In Weimar”, delivered on March 29, 2012 at Boston University. John McCormick is the author, among others, of Carl Schmitt’s Critique of Liberalism: Against Politics as Technology (Cambridge, 1997). He has also an essay on Schmitt-Strauss hidden dialogue in The Weimar ...

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David Reidy on Human Right to Democracy

David A. Reidy (University of Tennessee) has posted a new paper at SSRN titled: On the Human Right to Democracy: Searching for Sense Without Stilts The paper is forthcoming in the Journal of Social Philosophy (2012). Abstract: In this paper I argue that once we get clear on the various ways in which universal justice-based moral rights are transformed into ...

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Martha Nussbaum’s New Book: ‘The New Religious Intolerance’

Martha Nussbaum’s New Book: ‘The New Religious Intolerance’

The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age By Martha C. Nussbaum Harvard University Press – April 13, 2012 Book description: What impulse prompted some newspapers to attribute the murder of 77 Norwegians to Islamic extremists, until it became evident that a right-wing Norwegian terrorist was the perpetrator? Why did Switzerland, a country of four ...

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New Book: The Scandal of Reason

New Book: The Scandal of Reason

The Scandal of Reason: A Critical Theory of Political Judgment By Albena Azmanova (University of Kent in Brussels) Columbia University Press – March 20, 2012 296 pages Book description: Theories of justice are haunted by a paradox: the more ambitious the ideal of justice, the less applicable and useful the model is to political practice; yet the more politically realistic ...

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Market Democracy

Market Democracy

Princeton University Press has released John Tomasi’s important book: Free Market Fairness Publication date: February 26, 2012 368 pages Introduction [PDF] The book proposes a new liberal theory of justice, which tries to combine Hayekian defense of economic liberty and property right with Rawlsian concern for distributive justice. John Tomasi is Professor of Political Science at Brown University. He writes ...

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“Epistemic Political Liberalism”

“Epistemic Political Liberalism”

University of Pennsylvania Press releases this week a collection of essays on the place of truth in democracy, entitled Truth and Democracy, edited by Jeremy Elkins (Bryn Mawr College) and Andrew Norris (UCSB). The contributors “question whether democratic politics requires discussion of truth and, if so, how truth should matter to democratic politics. While individual essays approach the subject from ...

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Joseph Raz on Sovereignty & Legitimacy

Joseph Raz on Sovereignty & Legitimacy

Professor Joseph Raz delivered Kellogg Lecture in Jurisprudence, entitled “Sovereignty & Legitimacy: On the Changing Face of Law, Questions and Speculations” at the Law Library of US Congress on 5 October, 2011. More on this lecture here.

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The Weimar Moment

The Weimar Moment

The Weimar Moment: Liberalism, Political Theology, and Law Edited by Leonard V. Kaplan and Rudy Koshar (both University of Wisconsin-Madison) Lexington Books – December 16, 2011 548 pages This collection of essays is based on a 2008 interdisciplinary conference of the same title at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Early drafts of some chapters are available here. Description: The ...

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Robert Talisse on ‘Faith in Democracy’

Robert Talisse on ‘Faith in Democracy’

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cR6C1fqlJII&w=530&h=330]   This is a lecture given by Robert Talisse on December 7, 2011 at Vanderbilt University. He examines arguments from religious and secular political philosophers on the proper role of religious conviction in a democratic society, and proposes a moral argument for keeping religious and civic obligations separate.

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Some Recent Papers

– Leslie Green (Oxford) has presented A Democratic Constitution: The Basics (PDF) at UCL political theory seminar. He argues that there are three tasks that any constitution must fulfil if it is to be democratic: “(a) The constitution must constitute the people. (b) The constitution must empower the people. (c) The constitution must protect popular power. These can be realized in ...

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