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12 June 201916:00

Louise Richardson-Self: Offensiphobia is a Red Herring

In a recent article in The Journal of Ethics, J. Angelo Corlett (2018) offers a critique of what he calls ‘offensiphobia’: the belief that people have a right not to be offended.We argue that offensiphobia doesn't really exist in higher educational institutions (which Corlett takes this to be the main context for his paper).We therefore attempt to amend his points in such a way that they purport to offer some criticisms of existing university policies and practices. However, as we demonstrate, even with these amendments Corlett’s critique will fail, since his argument that hate speech should not be censured is a bad argument. Finally, we wish to demonstrate that the term 'offensiphobia' is not only misleading, but ideological.It conflates hate speech with offense, and in so doing implies that hate speech cannot seriously harm its targets (beyond those forms of speech already unprotected by the First Amendment).This failure of recognition may even constitute a form of willful ignorance. Full details
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27 March 201912:30

Sally Murani on Rogers Brubacker

Political Theory Reading Group. Full details
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20 March 201912:30

Giovanni Navarria

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13 March 201912:30

Ed Langley on David Graeber and George Ellis on Stokely Carmichael

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6 March 201912:30

Yuqing Cai on Joseph R. Levenson and Antonia Alecu on Peter Digeser

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27 February 201912:30

Dan Allum-Gruselle on Tocqueville

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20 February 201912:30

Joshua Dare on William Morris and David Farmer on Michael Sandel

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6 February 201912:30

Christopher Richardson on Robert Nozick and Marina Lademacher on Iris Marion Young

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30 January 201912:30

Ollie Dunn on Tom G. Palmer's "Are Patents and Copyrights Morally Justified?" and David Chalmers on Frederic Bastiat's "The Law"

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28 November 201812:45

Lise Herman (Exeter) and Russell Muirhead (Dartmouth): The role of pluralist commitments and partisan agency

Weekly Political Theory Reading Group. Full details
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21 November 201812:45

Clive Barnett: The Priority of Injustice

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14 November 201812:30

Yutao Zhao: TBD

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7 November 201812:45

Sven Altenburger: The Civic Duty of Military Service

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31 October 201812:45

Richard Seaford on Castoriadis and The Greek and Modern Political Imaginary

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24 October 201815:00

POSTPONED: Carole Pateman: Fifty Years of Political Theory

This event has been postponed until further notice. Full details
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17 October 201812:45

Kristen Walsh: The Darker Side of Baconianism

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10 October 201816:00

Joint Book Launch: Trumping the Mainstream and Council Democracy

Come celebrate the launch of two new books from the colleagues in the Politics department: Trumping the Mainstream: The Conquest of Democratic Politics by the Populist Radical Right, edited by Lise Herman and James Muldoon and Council Democracy: Toward a Democratic Socialist Politics by James Muldoon.. Full details
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10 October 201812:45

Robert Lamb: Pragmatism and Human Rights

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3 October 201812:45

Iain Hampsher-Monk: In Defense of Rhetoric

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24 May 20189:00

The German Revolution and the Radical Democratic Imaginary

The German Revolution and the Radical Democratic Imaginary This workshop aims to rejuvenate interest in the theorists and actors of the German Revolution and to place them in dialogue with conversations in radical democratic theory. The workshop will include panels on left-wing communism, radical democracy, Rosa Luxemburg and historiographies of the German Revolution. All interested scholars are welcome to attend. A preliminary draft schedule is included below: Panel 1: 9:30 – 10:45 - Rosa Luxemburg’s Radical Democracy Panel 2: 11:15 – 12:45 - Left-Wing Communism Panel 3: 2:00 – 3:30 - Revisiting the German Revolution: Berlin, Bremen and Beyond Panel 4: 4:00 – 5:30 - Radical Democracy and its Discontents Participants include: Mayra Cotta (NSSR), Thomas Jeffrey Miley (QMUL), Paulina Tambakaki (Westminster), Albert Dikovich (Konstanz), Clive Gabay (QMUL), Paul Mazzocchi (York), Jamie Melrose (Bristol), Merylin Moos, Donny Gluckstein (Edinburgh), Gaard Kets (Radboud), Joern Janssen, Regina Cochrane (Calgary), Felix Petersen (Jerusalem), Benjamin Popp-Madsen (Copenhagen), Olivier Ruchet (Zurich).. Full details
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22 May 20189:00

Challenging Dominant Discourses: Feminist Conversations Across Political Science and Political Theory

Feminist theory is an increasingly plural field, but it remains united by a commitment to challenging what passes for universal or impartial knowledge. This workshop seeks to map connections between feminist methods in political science and political theory in order to share resources for questioning dominant methods across the discipline of politics. We welcome papers that investigate feminist methods in a variety of approaches to politics, including democratic theory, international relations, quantitative measurement, environmental politics, public policy, and normative political philosophy. Submissions may be works-in-progress, finished papers, or even past work. Participants are encouraged to read their own work through the lens of the question “how is this work feminist?” We hope the workshop will address questions such as: What are feminist methods? How do dominant methods marginalize women’s experience? How have technological advancements in quantitative methods reproduced gendered relations of power? How might feminist methods or practices open up interdisciplinary pathways between political science and political theory? How can methods in political science and political theory be intersectional? How does work on gender differ from feminist work? Must feminist projects deploy feminist methods? The workshop will be divided into four sessions: 1) International Relations, 2) Political Theory, 3) Governance and Policy, and 4) Quantitative Analysis. We hope that conference attendees will commit to the whole day in the interest of making connections across different aspects of Politics as a discipline. Each session will culminate in a keynote from a senior scholar in the subfield. Full details
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16 - 17 May 201814:00

Political and Philosophical Traditions in Comparison: Sino-European Dialogues on Liberty, Government and Community

The Workshop’s main focus is on the interaction between European and Chinese political languages and traditions. Its main aims are to assess processes of transculturation between Chinese and European, or more broadly Western, political discourses, and to investigate the different ways in which key political themes and ideas are conceptualised in Chinese and European languages and political experience. Full details
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31 January 201812:45

Brexit: Understanding, Legitimacy and Implications

Workshop organised jointly by the Centre for Political Thought, The Centre for European Governance and the Centre for Rural Policy Research. Full details
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6 December 201712:45

Political Theory Reading Group: Daniel Kapust (University of Wisconsin)

“The tragedy of Imperial Republics”. Full details
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29 November 201712:45

New Approaches to Political Cohesion in Democratic Processes

This workshop places an emphasis on the relationship between democratic processes and political cohesion that goes beyond the simplistic formula of competitive democrats. Political cohesion, or the commitment to a common political project, is a matter of degree and processes leading to the peaceful resolution of conflict are just one way of contributing to this phenomenon. Indeed, political processes can embody values and produce norms that may legitimate the political system in one way or another and lead to much deeper forms of political cohesion among members of a political community than that which is allowed for by the mere avoidance of violent conflict. On the one hand, we consider the circumstances under which competitive elections can do more than peacefully resolve conflict by contributing in a deeper sense to citizens’ commitment to democratic values. On the other hand, as procedural and substantive democrats recognise, there is much more to democracy than free and fair elections. We therefore expand our inquiry beyond election to understand how other democratic values and activities may contribute towards political cohesion.. Full details
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22 November 201712:45

Political Theory Reading Group: Robert Lamb (Exeter)

Conal Condren’s Political Vocabularies. Full details
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8 November 201712:45

Political Theory Reading Group: Teresa Bejan (Oxford)

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25 October 201712:45

Political Theory Reading Group: James Muldoon (Exeter)

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18 October 201712:45

Political Theory Reading Group: Elena Isayev (Exeter)

Migration event. Full details
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11 October 201712:45

Political Theory Reading Group: Sarah Drews Lucas (Exeter)

Linda Zerilli on Political Judgment. Full details
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4 October 201712:45

Political Theory Reading Group: Martin Moorby (Exeter)

Marx. Full details
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27 September 201712:45

Political Theory Reading Group: Robin Durie (Exeter)

Complexity Theory and Health Care [Exact title TBC]. Full details
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28 May 201412:00

SWDTC Workshop: The Right to Citizenship

This workshop will examine how practices of citizenship produce forms of exclusion and marginalisation and how marginalised groups contest forms of belonging by claiming and enacting a right to citizenship. Full details
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14 May 201414:00

SWDTC Workshop: The contactualist approach to democracy and democratic justice

Workshop on: The contractualist approach to democracy and democratic justice A discussion of Albert Weale (UCL) Democratic Justice and the Social Contract (OUP, 2013). Full details
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