Beiträge über 'Manchester'

So far – it seems – socialism has not been successfully implemented on the local or national level for a longer period of time, but the ongoing crisis provides a chance the re-evaluate socialism as a feasible and reasonable alternative to the current social, economic and political order. High rates of unemployment and poverty in the southern countries of Europe and a triple crisis in the global south appear to be a fertile soil for socialist ideas that were more or less marginalized after the collapse of the communist countries in Eastern Europe. The recent success of Syriza and the rise of other left-wing movements in some countries are examples for these developments but also criticized by some for being not radical enough in their criticism of capitalistic policies.

In this workshop we want to discuss the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of socialism – in particular market socialism – and its justification besides the obvious failures of current capitalism. This implies the ethical, economic, social and political arguments for and against socialism, its goals and institutional design. During the last 200 years these topics have been discussed and in different ways been put into practice. What can we learn from these theoretical debates and the practices of socialist movements and experiments for today? What is the current status of discussion among (market) socialists?

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Children and Political Philosophy: Ethics, Justice and the Liberal State

MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory, 8 ­-10 September, 2014, Manchester

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This workshop aims to further the political philosophical discussion about children. Basic questions concern the moral and legal status of children in liberal societies. The particular status of children and childhood in theories of social ethics and concepts of justice is still widely neglected. In most cases justice is based on and designed for rational, ‚fully developed‘ adults, childhood is mainly viewed as a flawed preparatory stage and children as agents-to-be and the guiding principles as well as the used currencies of justice are not child-sensitive. There are increasing efforts to deal with these questions but more is needed to answer what justice for children can and should mean and how this could also influence the design of institutions and policies. An important issue concerns the complex and contentious relationship between children, their families and the state. Other related questions regard children´s rights, the justification of paternalism and perfectionism towards children and different conceptions of children´s autonomy and citizenship.

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