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 […]

Elizabeth Ashford – Hunger’s Unwitting Executioners

Political Theory Research Group seminar series: 11 May 2016 In “Hunger’s Unwitting Executioners”, Elizabeth Ashford argues that the persistence of severe poverty should be understood as a structural human rights violation, and that defending this thesis does not require defending the more contentious claims of theorists such as Thomas Pogge. On her analysis, the persistence […]

Markus Fraundorfer – Democratising global governance

Political Theory Research Group seminar series: 4 May 2016 Will we have a global parliament or another way to address the global challenges that we are faced with today, such as climate change, social inequalities and wars? What will the future of the global governance system look like? These questions are very challenging to tackle, […]