Saturday, March 13, 2010

Justice and Public Disagreement: Reasons, Religion, and Value

Theme: Justice and Public Disagreement: Reasons, Religion, and Value
Keynote Speaker: Nicholas Wolterstorff
Host: Saint Louis University Philosophy Graduate Students
Date: October 7-8, 2010

Religiously and culturally diverse societies raise challenges for specifying a conception of justice. Amidst the cacophony of cultures and voices, are there any constraints imposed by public justification? Is it possible for social actors to justify their conceptions of justice via religious ideals? Are culturally and religiously-infused conceptions of the right and the good translatable into reasons that all can accept? The graduate students at Saint Louis University invite papers on the epistemic and justificatory aspects of justice in the modern world. The keynote speaker will be Nicholas Wolterstorff. As such, the conference committee will pay special attention to submissions that address particular aspects of Professor Wolterstorrf's work. Submissions should include a 400 word abstract and be no longer than 10 double-spaced pages or 3,000 words. They should also be suitable for blind review.

Suggested Topics include but are not limited to:
· Religion and the Public Sphere
· Global Justice and Particularism
· Political Justification and Diversity
· Epistemic Conceptions of Democracy
· The Rational and the Reasonable
· Classical Conceptions of Political Association
· Justice and Moral Desert
· Equality and Democracy
· Political Liberalism and its Discontents
· Difference and the Political

Please send all submissions to by no later than May 14, 2010. Submissions should be included as an email attachment in either .doc, .rtf, or .pdf format. Papers not meeting these guidelines will not be considered.


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