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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, January 26, 2018 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Hannah Carnegy-Arbuthnott, Ethics in Society Fellow, Stanford University
Field: Political Theory

Hannah is completing a PhD in philosophy at University College London. Her main research interests are in moral and political philosophy, with a particular focus on concepts of property and self-ownership. Her doctoral thesis addresses questions around ownership of the human body and the extent to which we ought to be able to treat aspects of ourselves as property.

Friday, February 2, 2018 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Jason Millar, Ethics in Society Fellow, Stanford University
Field: Political Theory

Jason Millar researches the ethics and governance of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), with a focus on developing ethically informed design methodologies for use in the design of autonomous cars, and social and military robotics.

Jacob Levy
Friday, February 9, 2018 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Jacob Levy, Professor of Political Science, McGill University
Field: Political Theory

Jacob T. Levy is Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory, Professor of Political Science, and associated faculty in the Department of Philosophy at McGill University. He is the coordinator of McGill’s Research Group on Constitutional Studies and Montreal’s Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire en Philosophie Politique, and the founding director of McGill’s Yan P.

Friday, February 16, 2018 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Peter Stone, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin
Field: Political Theory

Peter Stone received his B.A. in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University in 1993. While at Penn State, he completed a Senior Honors Thesis entitled "Towards the Empowerment of Labor: The Allende Experience." He then entered postgraduate study in Political Science at the University of Rochester, receiving an M.A. in 1996 and a Ph.D. in 2000.

Friday, February 23, 2018 -
1:15pm to 3:00pm
Encina Hall West, Room 400 (GSL)
Speaker: Laura Gillespie, Ethics in Society Fellow, Stanford University
Field: Political Theory

Laura Gillespie is completing her PhD in philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her current research focuses on the philosophical treatment of our responses to perceived violations of moral, legal, and social norms--particularly blame, punishment, forgiveness, guilt, and shame.

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