Population and Justice: Facing up to hard choices

Those of us who care about global justice and climate justice need to take human population growth seriously. Or so I argued in the first instalment of this two-part blog. On current population forecasts, our grandchildren or great-grandchildren might have to decide between basic rights for their own generation and protecting future generations from climate […]

How not to talk about population

Do we need to talk about population and justice? Climate change, as terrifying a threat to future generations as you could find, is partly the result of growing human numbers, along with consumption and the lack of sufficient technology to turn one planet into the 1.6 we’re pretending we have. That’s just the IPAT equation: […]

Report from Political Theory Reading Group 2015/16

Political Theory Reading Group Over the past academic year, some of the staff and students working in political theory have held a regular reading group, initiated by Mihaela Mihai. We read texts that fall within political theory (broadly construed) and started out with Michael Freeden’s recent book The Political Theory of Political Thinking: The Anatomy […]

Arash Abizadeh – Hobbes’s Theory of the Good: Felicity by Anticipatory Pleasure

Political Theory Research Group seminar series: 15 Jun 2016 I Ancient Greek ethicists assumed that human beings have a single overarching supreme good, which is eudaimonia, or ‘happiness’, and that this is the final end of every human action.  On the Epicurean view, eudaimonia, or in Latin felicitas, or in English ‘felicity’, consists in the […]

Philip Cook – The Rights and Wrongs of Child-Labour

Political Theory Research Group seminar series: 18 May 2016 In “The Rights and Wrongs of Child-Labour”, Philip Cook challenges prevailing ‘common sense’ notions of childhood, arguing that the push to abolish all child labour and get children into schools may not be justifiable – or even morally advisable. He offers two critiques which challenge the […]