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


Faculdade de Direito Universidade Nova de Lisboa