An article by Alex Voorhoeve and me called ‘Why It Matters That Some Are Worse Off Than Others: An Argument against the Priority View’ (Philosophy & Public Affairs) includes a link to this post ‘for remarks by Derek Parfit in reply to this article, plus the authors’ response’. Parfit’s reply, ‘Another Defence of the Priority View’, has been published in this special issue of Utilitas on prioritarianism. I’ve now just published an article called ‘Prioritarianism and the Measure of Utility’ (Journal of Political Philosophy) that responds to Parfit’s. Here’s an excerpt that conveys the gist of my article:

In Spring 2014, the newly founded journal Moral Philosophy & Politics (MOPP) will publish its first issue, edited by Pranay Sanklecha and Alexa Zellentin (together with Lukas H. Meyer). The topic ofthe Special Issue is “Intergenerational Justice and Natural Resources”. Papers can be submitted until August 31, 2013 via the journal’s manuscript submission site, which can be found here.

You can find further information on the Call for Papers and details on the journal here.

The Journal of Moral Philosophy has just published a special issue on T.M. Scanlon’s political philosophy, guest-edited by Martin O’Neill. Here’s the content of the issue:

Symposium on the Political Philosophy of T. M. Scanlon Introduction
Author: Martin O’Neill
pp. 371–374 (4)

Rights and What We Owe to Each Other
Author: Leif Wenar
pp. 375–399 (25)

Reply to Leif Wenar
Author: T. M. Scanlon
pp. 400–405 (6)

Scanlon on Social and Material Inequality
Author: Jonathan Wolff
pp. 406–425 (20)

Reply to Jonathan Wolff
Author: T. M. Scanlon
pp. 426–428 (3)

Meena Krishnamurthy (Manitoba) started a new blog called Political Philosop-her (http://politicalphilosopher.net). The blog is devoted to discussing substantive issues in political philosophy. Its primary aim is to showcase rigorous work being done by women who work in political philosophy. You can find out more about the blog here: http://politicalphilosopher.net/about-2/ Do check it out!

Punishment book launch
By Thom Brooks

Punishment book launch

The Houses of Parliament

Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Time: 17:00-19:00

Place: Committee Room 3, the Houses of Parliament, London

Punishment is a topic of increasing importance for citizens and policymakers. Why should we punish criminals? What purposes should punishment serve? These questions and many others will be addressed in this roundtable discussion celebrating the launch of Punishment by Thom Brooks. Panel members include:

Lord Parekh FBA (chair), Labour Peer and former Chair of the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain

Frances Crook OBE, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform

International Conference on the Philosophy of Criminal Punishment
Date: June 18-20, 2013
Location: Department of Philosophy, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
Deadline: March 15, 2013

Keynote speakers:
T. M. Scanlon, Alford Professor of Natural Religion, Moral Philosophy, and Civic Polity, Harvard
University; author of What We Owe to Each Other.

Tommie Shelby, Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy, Harvard
University; author of “Justice, Deviance, and the Dark Ghetto,” Philosophy & Public Affairs (2007).

Themes:
– Punishment & Social Justice
– Why Punish? How Much?
– Should the Death Penalty be Implemented or Abolished?
– Any other topic.

Date: Oct. 17-20, 2013
Location: Tucson, AZ at the Westward Look Hotel and Resort.
Deadline: April 15, 2013
Abstracts in all areas of Political Philosophy are welcome.

The web page for the workshop is here: http://oxfordstudies.arizona.edu/

To submit an abstract, you must first go to the above web page and register. Once your registration is accepted, you will be able to login at that page and upload an abstract. Abstracts should not be e-mailed to the editors. Abstracts of between 250-500 words are due no later than April 15th . Submission of an abstract will be taken to imply that the paper is not under submission for publication elsewhere as well as implying an agreement to include the paper in the resulting volume of Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, if accepted. There is a limit of one submission per person. We expect to be able to inform those whose papers have been accepted no later than May 15th, 2013.

The Politics of Equality
Department of Politics and International Relations
University of Oxford
25th – 26th APRIL 2013

Paper proposals are invited for the second Oxford Graduate Conference in Political Theory. This conference aims to interrogate the concept, practices, and implications of egalitarian politics. Concerns with equality are increasingly prevalent in contemporary political discourse. Yet, the distinctively political questions of enacting egalitarian aims often receive little attention from political theorists. We invite submissions on any topic pertaining to the meaning, historical development, application, or critique of egalitarian politics.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
May 16–18, 2013

Keynote addresses:
Talbot Brewer (University of Virginia): “TBA”
Sarah Buss (Michigan): “TBA”

Princeton University
April 5-6, 2013

Call for Papers (deadline January 11, 2013)

The Graduate Conference in Political Theory at Princeton University will be held from April 5-6, 2013.

The Committee for the Graduate Conference in Political Theory at Princeton University welcomes papers addressing any topic in political theory, political philosophy, or the history of political thought. Papers should be submitted via the conference website by January 11, 2013. Approximately six papers will be selected.

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