Contemporary Political Philosophy

Conference for Graduate Students and Faculty – October 4-6, 2019

Discussion Leader: Jason Brennan

Session I – Eric Mack on the Right of Property
Mack, Eric. “The Natural Right of Property.” Social Philosophy and Policy 27, No. 1 (2010): 53–78.

Session II – David Schmidtz on Equality
Schmidtz, David. Elements of Justice. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Part IV: Equal Respect and Equal Shares, Chapter 18, “Equality” (pages 107–108), Chapter 19, “Does Equal Treatment Imply Equal Shares?” (pages 109–113), Chapter 20, “What Is Equality For?” (pages 114–119), Chapter 22, “Equality and Opportunity” (pages 126–139), and Chapter 24, “The Limits of Equality” (pages 150–157).

Session III – Douglas Rasmussen and Douglas Den Uyl on Flourishing and Metanorms
Rasmussen, Douglas B. and Douglas J. Den Uyl. Norms of Liberty. University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005. Chapter 1, “Liberalism in Crisis” (pages 5–17) and Chapter 4, “Why Individual Rights? Rights as Metanormative Principles” (pages 76–96).

Session IV – Gerald Gaus on Justificatory Liberalism and Classical Liberalism
Gaus, Gerald. “Coercion, Ownership, and the Redistributive State: Justificatory Liberalism’s Classical Tilt.” Social Philosophy and Policy 27, No. 1 (January 4, 2010): 233–275.

Session V – Chandran Kukathas on Conscience, Toleration, and Authority
Kukathas, Chandran. The Liberal Archipelago: A Theory of Diversity and Freedom. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003, 2007. Chapter 3, “Freedom of Association and Liberty of Conscience” (pages 74–118).

Session VI – Samuel Freeman and Philip Pettit against Classical Liberalism
Freeman, Samuel. “Illiberal Libertarians: Why Libertarianism Is Not a Liberal View.” Philosophy & Public Affairs 30, No. 2 (Spring 2001): 105–151.

Pettit, Philip. “A Brief History of Liberty – And Its Lessons.” Journal of Human Development and Capabilities 17, no. 1 (2016): 5-21. Selections (pages 12–21).