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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

Friday, September 28, 2018 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Sophie Smith, Associate Professor of Political Theory, Oxford
Field: Political Theory

I am a historian of political thought; my main research addresses the nature and limits of the state, the intersection between ideas of empire, citizenship and political philosophy, and the historical development of philosophical and scientific approaches to politics. My work to date has focussed primarily on early modern perspectives on these issues.

Friday, October 5, 2018 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Matthew Adams, Ethics in Society Fellow, Stanford University
Field: Political Theory

Matthew completed his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Virginia. He specializes in contemporary political philosophy and applied ethics, and he also works on topics ranging from Plato's late political philosophy to food aesthetics.

Friday, October 12, 2018 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Adrian Blau, Senior Lecturer in Politics, King's College, London
Field: Political Theory

Dr Adrian Blau is Senior Lecturer in Politics in the Department of Political Economy and Director of Education. He works on democratic theory and practice, including deliberative democracy, deliberative policy-making, electoral systems and party systems; corruption, Hobbes, history of political thought, and research methods.

Friday, October 19, 2018 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Jack N. Rakove, Professor of Political Science and History, Stanford University
Field: Political Theory

Jack Rakove is the William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies and professor of political science and (by courtesy) law at Stanford, where he has taught since 1980.

Friday, October 26, 2018 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Emilee Chapman, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
Field: Political Theory

Emilee is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford. Her current research project examines the distinctive value of voting in contemporary democratic practice, and its significance for electoral reform and the ethics of participation.

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