Apr 26 Seminar: Speaker: Kieran Oberman # PIR Realism in Migration Ethics 15:00 - 16:30 , CMB 2.15

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May 03 Seminar: Speaker: Matthew Chrisman # Philosophy Edinburgh The Speech Act of Protest 15:00 - 16:30 , CMB 2.15

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May 10 Seminar: Speaker: Tim Hayward # PIR TBA 15:00 - 16:30 , CMB 2.15

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Update from Political Theory Reading Group 16/17

This academic year, a collective of staff and students have continued the Political Theory Reading Group initiated by Mihaela Mihai. We have made good progress: Beginning with Antonio Negri’s early book Insurgencies, we then read Twenty Theses on Politics, one of the most important books by Latin American philosopher Enrique Dussel. This was followed by reading On the Postcolony […]

Thomas Fossen – Portraying Power

This is a write-up of the meeting of the Political Theory Research Group, 15th March 2017. The Political Theory Research Group was delighted to welcome Thomas Fossen, Leiden University. He provided a chapter for discussion from a book project which seeks to develop a pragmatist approach to political legitimacy. To contribute to this larger project, […]

Free Money for All: Karl Widerquist’s Argument for Basic Income

  In what ways do theories of property and the social contract affect an individual’s freedom? Are members of a reasonably just society morally obliged to contribute to its economic system even in ways they might not want to, and within structures they might not agree with? These are the questions that stand at the […]

Hugh McDonnell –“Tetanus of the Imagination”: Violence, Imagination and Memory

“Tetanus of the Imagination”: Violence, Imagination and Memory. Soldiers’ Testimonies of the Algerian War of Decolonisation. 1954-1962, in Les Temps moderns and Esprit For this week’s seminar, Hugh McDonnell presented a paper on the testimonies of soldiers during the Algerian War of Decolonisation, 1954-1962. In this paper, Hugh seeks to capture the relationship between violence, […]

Chandran Kukathas – The Tory Consequences of Whig Foundations: Hume’s Critique of the Social Contract, or Why Hume has no theory of the state

This week’s PTRG session discussed ‘The Tory Consequences of Whig Foundations’ by Chandran Kukathas. In this paper, Chandran defends David Hume’s critique of social contract theory and demonstrates the broader implications this has for certain strands of liberalism today. He begins with a historical account of the emergence of the modern nation state before discussing […]