Scepticism and Conservatism

 

FCT funded:  PTDC/FIL-FIL/112953/2009


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General Description

This project aims at establishing and exploring the relation between scepticism (both as an attitude and as a tradition) and political conservatism from a philosophical standpoint. Though the historical consideration and analysis of both attitudes and traditions (and, of course, of their convergence) is fundamental to understand the nature of that relation, we are far from restricting our purpose in this project to it. For we aim mainly at determining the modalities of existence of that relation in contemporary times and at reflecting upon them and their implications. As this project concerns the intersection of two lines of research, there are two important aspects of it that must be highlighted. One is that it concerns the study of what we believe is a relevant dimension of the philosophical identity of a main contemporary political current, conservatism. The second aspect is that this project, in a way, inserts itself in a relatively recent albeit not too prolific tradition in philosophical studies, the one bearing upon the relation of scepticism and political thought.

The team will in the first place narrow the list of specific theories and philosophers pertaining to either tradition to be studied, taking into account the specificity of their link to the traditions of scepticism and conservatism, thus trying to cover a comprehensive consideration of the main types of one and the other in modern thought. In a second phase the team will establish a list of notions, problems and positions concerning the aforementioned issues. After the confrontation of the results thus obtained, the team will develop the analysis of those notions and problems. It will eventually determine the interplaying of scepticism and conservatism in regard to the studied issues, trying to assess the philosophical implications of that interplaying.

 

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Events

All Events

Masterclass on Wittgenstein’s Epistemology of Religion

Alois Pichler (University of Bergen)

February 22, 2019

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

António Marques, What We Owe to Each Other (excerpt)

February 20, 2019

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Giovanni Damele, "On the Rationality of Democratic Choice"

February 06, 2019

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Erich Rast, "How to accept the transitivity of better than"

January 23, 2019

2nd ERB Project Lecture

Wagner Teles de Oliveira

January 14, 2019

1st ERB Project Lecture

Maria Filomena Molder

December 10, 2018

Book Symposium

Nuno Venturinha's Description of Situations

December 10, 2018

3rd NOVA Doctoral Conference in Epistemology

Knowledge, Morality and Society

December 05, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Filipe Faria, "The New Darwinian Naturalism in Political Theory"

November 21, 2018

Intensive PhD Seminar in Epistemology of Religion

Vicente Sanfélix Vidarte (University of Valencia)

November 14, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Pedro Abreu, "Deliberation and agreement"

November 07, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Javier de Prado Salas, "Moral Testimony"

October 24, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Schedule for the 2018/2019 sessions

October 10, 2018

Political Identity on the Threshold

International Conference

September 10, 2018

O Euro e a soberania económica

Conferência internacional

June 22, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

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

June 21, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Erich Rast, "Value Disagreement and Two Aspects of Meaning"

May 24, 2018

Rules, normativity and values: revisiting the Kantian perspective and its critics

EpLab Conference

May 14, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

John Gibbons, "Things That Make Things Reasonable"

May 10, 2018

EPLAB Masterclass Series

Santoni de Sio

May 04, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Gilbert Harman, "Moral Realism is Moral Relativism"

April 19, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Berit Brogaard, "Moral Contextualism and Moral Relativism"

April 05, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Ronald de Sousa, "Moral Emotions"

March 12, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Uriah Kriegel, "Moral Phenomenology: Foundational issues"

February 22, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

Introduction to "A Treatise of Human Nature", D. Hume

January 18, 2018

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

"The Force of Law", F. Schauer

December 13, 2017

Ethics and Political Theory Reading Group

"The Priority of Democracy to Philosophy", R. Rorty

November 30, 2017

EPLAB Masterclass Series

Terry Eagleton - Marx and Morality

November 13, 2017

Institutions

IFILNOVA
Faculdade de Direito Universidade Nova de Lisboa
FCSH
UNL
FCT