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Political Theory Workshop

The Political Theory Workshop offers faculty and other scholars an opportunity to present "in progress" or recently completed work to a diverse audience from political science, philosophy, law, and other social sciences and humanities. Workshop papers come from all areas of political theory, including normative and positive theory, legal theory, and the history of political thought. Papers are circulated ten days before the seminar. Participants are expected to read the paper before the workshop. Each session begins with comments and questions on the paper by a discussant, a brief response from the author, followed by a general discussion. All members of the university community are welcome to attend the workshop. This workshop is co-sponsored by the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in SocietyJoin the Political Theory Workshop mailing list. Convenor for 17-18: Brian Coyne

David Wiens
Friday, October 27, 2017 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: David Wiens, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UC San Diego
Field: Political Theory

David Wiens' research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of political philosophy, philosophy of social science, and political economy. His main project uses resources from formal choice theory to model core features of the arguments theorists give to justify normative political principles.

Friday, November 3, 2017 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: FAY NIKER, PHD CANDIDATE IN POLITICAL THEORY, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
Field: Political Theory

Fay Niker is currently completing her PhD in political theory at the University of Warwick. Her research on the ethics of public nudging (entitled "Living Well by Design") was awarded a Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy grant in 2015, together with the John L. Stanley award for the most outstanding project in the Ethics category.

Joseph Heath
Friday, November 10, 2017 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Joseph Heath, Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto
Field: Political Theory

Joseph Heath's work is all related, in one way or another, to critical social theory in the tradition of the Frankfurt School.

Friday, December 1, 2017 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: JON ELSTER, PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
Field: Political Theory

Before coming to Columbia University, he taught in Paris, Oslo and Chicago. His publications include Ulysses and the Sirens (1979), Sour Grapes (1983), Making Sense of Marx (1985), The Cement of Society (1989), Solomonic Judgements (1989), Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences (1989), Local Justice (1992) and Political Psychology (1993).

Friday, December 8, 2017 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: JOHANNES HIMMELREICH, INTERDISCIPLINARY ETHICS FELLOW, LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS
Field: Political Theory

Johannes obtained a PhD in philosophy and an MSc in philosophy and public policy from the London School of Economics. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Johannes investigates the limits of agency in his work, exploring in particular whether agency can be found outside the human domain.

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