Ethics & Political Theory Reading Group

The Ethics & Political Theory Reading Group meets roughly every other week to read and discuss primary and secondary texts in ethics and political theory, broadly construed. All approaches and methods are considered in an open and critical environment. The readings are decided early in the semester according to the participants’ current interests. Faculty, researchers and students are welcome.

 

2018 Spring Semester

Giovanni Damele: "Another Italian thought: elite theory and political realism"

 

Erich Rast: "Value Disagreement and Two Aspects of Meaning", Croatian Journal of Philosophy , Vol. XVII, No. 51, 2017

 

John Gibbons, "Things That Make Things Reasonable", Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 81, No. 2, 2010, pp. 335-361

           Discussant: Javier de Prado Salas   

 

Gilbert Harman, "Moral Realism is Moral Relativism", Philosophical Studies 172: 4, 2015, pp. 855–863

           Discussant: Jorge Gonçalves

 

Berit Brogaard, "Moral Contextualism and Moral Relativism" , The Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 58, No. 232, pp. 385-409, 2008

           Discussant: Nuno Venturinha

 

Ronald de Sousa, 'Moral Emotions', Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 4: 109–126, 2001

            Discussant: Dina Mendonça

 

Uriah Kriegel, 'Moral Phenomenology: Foundational Issues', Phenomenology and Cognitive Science 7 (2008): 1-19.

            Discussant: Luís de Sousa

 

David Hume, ​A  Treatise of Human Nature ​(1740), 'Introduction'.

            Discussant: Luís Miguel Simões

 

2017 Fall Semester

Frederick Schauer, The Force of Law (Harvard UP, 2015).

            Discussant: Andre Santos Campos

 

Richard Rorty, ‘The Priority of Democracy to Philosophy’. In Objectivism, Relativism and Truth (Cambridge UP, 1991).

            Discussant: Gabriele De Angelis

 

Filipe N. Faria, ‘Is market liberalism adaptive? Rethinking F. A. Hayek on Moral Evolution’, Journal of Bioeconomics 19 (2017): 307-326.

            Discussant: Filipe N. Faria

 

Ruth Chang, ‘The Possibility of Parity’, Ethics 112 (2002): 659-688.

            Discussant: Erich Rast

 

 

2017 Spring Semester

Christine Korsgaard, ‘Reflections on the Evolution of Morality’, The Amherst Lecture in Philosophy 5 (2010): 1–29.

            Discussant: Susana Cadilha

 

Friedrich Hayek, Law, Legislation and Liberty, vol. 2: The Mirage of Social Justice (Routledge, 1976)

            Discussant: Regina Queiroz

 

Judith Jarvis Thompson, ‘The Right and the Good’, Journal of Philosophy 94 (1997): 273-298.

            Discussant: Fritz-Anton Fritzson

 

Ronald Dworkin, Justice for Hedgehogs (Harvard UP, 2011), chapters I and II (‘Truth in Morals’ and ‘External Skepticism’).

            Discussant: Andre Santos Campos

 

John McDowell, ‘Values and Secondary Qualities’. In Morality and Objectivity, ed. Ted Honderich (Boston: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1985), pp. 110-129.

            Discussant: Jamie Buckland

 

John Rawls, Political Liberalism (Columbia UP, 1993), lecture III (‘Political Constructivism’).

            Discussant: António Marques

Institutions

IFILNOVA
Faculdade de Direito Universidade Nova de Lisboa
FCSH
UNL
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