Friday, May 16, 2008

Neutrality conference roundup

Jon Mandle has posted a summary at Crooked Timber, and the commentators' remarks and the discussions (though not the paper presentations) are available for audio download.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Conference: "Justice, Culture and Tradition"

"Justice, Culture and Tradition"

To recognize Michael Walzer's contributions to the ethical and political philosophy of the twentieth century, a conference titled Justice, Culture and Tradition will take place June 2-4, 2008 at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), Princeton, New Jersey.

The Conference will consider the following questions:

How should liberalism treat cultures, cultural diversity and cultural identities?

How should the just society distribute resources and the goods social life produces?

When is waging war justified? What is the meaning of national self-defense and how is it related to self-defense in the domestic realm?

Is an international system constituted from fully sovereign states justified, or should the international society be federalized?

The political philosophy of the 20th century intensely explored the themes raised by these questions; however, a conception of the inter-relations among the issues they raise is still under-developed. A penetrating discussion of Walzer's philosophy will allow us to fill this gap.

Michael Walzer will attend and comment on the papers presented.

The conference is organized by Professor Yitzhak Benbaji of Bar-Ilan University and Shalom Hartman Institute.

All sessions are free of charge and open to the public. Please RSVP for each session by contacting Danielle Candy at, or 212-838-4120, ext. 259.


9:45AM - 10:00AM Greeting Session
IAS Director Peter Goddard and Conference Organizer Yitzhak Benbaji (Bar-Ilan University)

10:00AM - 12:15PM "Distributive Justice"
Thomas Scanlon (Harvard University)
Michael J. Sandel (Harvard University)
Amy Gutmann (University of Pennsylvania)
Joan W.Scott (IAS)

2:00PM - 3:00PM "The Interpretive View of Ethics"
Georgia Warnke (University of California)
Susan Neiman (Einstein Forum)
Harry Frankfurt (Princeton University)

3:30PM - 6:00PM Round Table: "The Practice of Social Criticism"
Mitchell Cohen (CUNY Baruch College)
Martin Peretz (The New Republic)
Menachem Lorberbaum (Tel Aviv University)
Axel Honneth (Institut fur Sozialforschung)
Ian Shapiro (Yale University)


10:00AM - 12:15PM "Multiculturalism, Civil Society, and the Politics of Recognition"
Jacob T. Levy (McGill University)
Will Kymlicka (Queen's University)
Charles Taylor (McGill University)

2:00PM - 5:00PM Round Table: "The Just War Theory - Moral and Legal Perspectives"
Yitzhak Benbaji (Bar-Ilan University)
Jeff McMahan (Rutgers University)
Brian Orend (University of Waterloo)
Noam J. Zohar (Bar-Ilan University)

Michael Doyle (Columbia University)
Haim Shapira (Bar-Ilan University)
Joel Rosenthal (Carnegie Council)

10:00AM - 12:15PM "Tradition, Radicalism and Solidarity"
Avishai Margalit (Institute for Advanced Study)
George Kateb (Princeton University)
Moshe Halbertal (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

2:00PM - 4:00PM "The Moral Standing of States"
Ruth Gavison (The Hebrew University)
Charles R. Beitz (Princeton University)
Nancy L. Rosenblum (Harvard University)
Jacob T. Levy (McGill University)

4:30PM - 6:30PM Round Table: "The Jewish Political Tradition"
Leon Wieseltier (The New Republic)
David Novak (University of Toronto)
Pierre Birnbaum (Columbia University Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies)
Noam J. Zohar (Bar-Ilan University)
Now online

"It Usually Begins With Isaiah Berlin," my essay on Richard Flathman's Pluralism and Liberal Democracy for a symposium on the same in the current issue of The Good Society. The symposium also includes contributions from George Kateb, Eric MacGilvray, and Richard Boyd, and a response by Flathman.
Intentions and Motivations in International Relations

FRIDAY MAY 23 2008
Department of philosophy, University of Montreal, room 422

Sponsored by the Centre de recherches en éthique de l'Université de
Montréal (CRÉUM)
Convenors: Ryoa Chung / France Gaudreault / Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer
and Martin Blanchard

Workshop themes : This workshop proposes to examine the notions of
intention and motivation in international relations in the spirit of
an interdisciplinary dialogue between philosophy, law and political
science for the benefit of a deepened understanding of ethics in
international relations. The goal of this interdisciplinary workshop
is to explore new paths of research in the study of intentions and
motivations in political and moral agency and to better understand the
role they play in individual, collective or corporate action.

Participants :

Simon Caney (Oxford University)
Ryoa Chung (Université de Montréal)
Peter Dietsch (Université de Montréal)
Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer (Université de Montréal / ÉHESS / McGill
Pablo Gilabert (Concordia University)
Frédéric Mégret (McGill University)
Christine Straehle (UQÀM)
Daniel Weinstock (CRÉUM)

where and when ?

Friday May 23 2008
Université de montréal
2910 boul. Edouard-montpetit
Room 422
Métro université de montréal

Full program here.