Mar 01 Seminar: Speaker: Chandran Kukathas # LSE The Tory consequences of Whig Foundations: David Hume on the Social Contract and the State 15:00 - 16:30 , CMB 2.15

PTRG Pre-read event

Mar 07 Screening: - Please choose: TBC # TBC Film series COMPLICITY March 2017 07:00 - 19:00 , Cameo Cinema, 38 Home St, Edinburgh EH3 9LZ

GREYZONE ERC Starting Grant Event

Mar 07 Screening: Film projection: The Headless Woman (2008, Lucrecia Martel) 17:00 - 19:00 , Cameo Edinburgh, 38 Home St, Edinburgh EH3 9LZ

ERC Starting Grant GREYZONE, with the support of the Global Justice Academy.

Maša Mrovlje – Judging violent resistances: Camus, Fanon and the grey zone of rebellion

In this week’s meeting of the Political Theory Research Group, we discussed a draft on “Judging violent resistances: Camus, Fanon and the grey zone of rebellion” by our group member Maša Mrovlje. In this paper, Maša sets out to discuss two things: first, she criticises current transitional justice scholarship for failing to attend to the […]

Film Series Complicity

Film Series Complicity How are we to judge actions, inactions and rationalisations of people who find themselves in a murky grey zone of complicity with violence? What does ethics demand of us in dreadful, even impossible, situations? The film series explores cinematic depictions that bring the thorny issue of complicity to the fore, focusing on […]

Cian O’Driscoll – Keeping Tradition Alive: Just War and Historical Imagination

Last week we had the pleasure of hosting Cian O’Driscoll from the University of Glasgow, presenting a draft of his latest intervention in just war theory. Below, I recollect the basic moves of his paper. Cian O’Driscoll sets out to redress one of the dangers of locating oneself within the tradition of just war theory: […]

Chiming Zhong – On the Legal Methodology of Rights Theory

The first PTRG meeting of 2017 saw a discussion of Chiming Zhong’s ‘On the Legal Methodology of Rights Theory’. In this paper Chiming looks to move beyond what he sees as conventional, philosophical approaches to understanding rights, focusing instead on more practice-oriented models derived from legal theory. A particularly important example of the latter is […]

Report from Edinburgh-St Andrews PhD Political Theory Workshop

  On the 13th of January 2017, doctoral students from Edinburgh and St Andrews Universities met in Edinburgh University’s School of Social and Political Science for the day-long collaborative PhD Political Theory Workshop.  We covered a wide range of issues in political theory including genealogy, intellectual history, gender and moral agency, methodology of political theory, […]