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Workshop “The Moral Psychology of Liberal Democracy” – Centre for Political Philosophy

31 October 2014 @ 09:30 - 17:00

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Centre for Political Philosophy, Leiden University Workshop “The Moral Psychology of Liberal Democracy” Friday October 31, 9.30-17.00 Location: Institute for Philosophy, Leiden University. Reuvensplaats 3-4, room 1.01E. (http://visitors.leiden.edu/buildings/reuvensplaats.html) Theme of the workshop Most contemporary Western states are liberal democracies. Their constitutions combine democratic decision procedures with non-democratic restriction on that procedure (usually in the form of fundamental rights). It is remarkable that this liberal democratic institutional arrangement is justified by radically different philosophical traditions, ranging from utilitarianism to republicanism; from…
Centre for Political Philosophy, Leiden University
Workshop “The Moral Psychology of Liberal Democracy”
Friday October 31, 9.30-17.00 Location: Institute for Philosophy, Leiden University. Reuvensplaats 3-4, room 1.01E. (http://visitors.leiden.edu/buildings/reuvensplaats.html)
Theme of the workshop
Most contemporary Western states are liberal democracies. Their constitutions combine democratic decision procedures with non-democratic restriction on that procedure (usually in the form of fundamental rights). It is remarkable that this liberal democratic institutional arrangement is justified by radically different philosophical traditions, ranging from utilitarianism to republicanism; from deliberative democracy theory to certain forms of agonism. The debate between these traditions typically turns on the minutiae of institutional design, the desiderata on an ideal political order and the plausibility of the arguments endorsing liberal democracy. Unfortunately less attention is given to the implicit moral psychology of these traditions. It is clear that these various justifications of liberal democracy all have implicit assumptions about those participating in such constitutions. The aim of this workshop is to come to a critical comparison and assessment of these various more or less implicit assumptions about the psychology of the subjects of liberal democracies.
Program
9.30-10.00: Coffee & welcome
10.00-11.30: Glen Newey (Leiden University): “'The psyche as public works project: truth, compliance, and psychopharmacology”
11.30-13.00: Véronique Munoz-Dardé (University of California at Berkeley/University College London): “The Priest, the Liberal and the Harlot: Liberalism and Sexual Desire”
13.00-14.00: Lunch
14.00-15.30: Philip Pettit (Princeton University/Australian National University): “Demarcating the Basic Liberties”
15.30-17.00: Paul Nieuwenburg (Leiden University): “The Liberalism of Shame”
17.00-18.00: Drinks
  NB: The workshop follows the third annual Centre for Political Philosophy Lecture by Philip Pettit on Thursday, October 30. For more information, check the CPP website: http://www.centreforpoliticalphilosophy.nl/ Attendance, as well as lunch and drinks are free of charge, but space is limited. Therefore, please register with Mrs. Karineke Sombroek (c.w.sombroek@phil.leidenuniv.nl) so we know to expect you. This workshop is sponsored by the Leiden Institute for Philosophy, the Leiden Institute of Political Science and the Leiden University Fund.

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31 October 2014
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09:30 - 17:00
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Leiden University, Leiden, Reuvensplaats 3, Leiden University, 2311 BE Leiden, The Netherlands
Reuvensplaats 3, Leiden University, 2311 BE Leiden, The Netherlands
Leiden, South Holland 2311 BE The Netherlands
Centre for Political Philosophy, Leiden University
Workshop “The Moral Psychology of Liberal Democracy”

Friday October 31, 9.30-17.00

Location: Institute for Philosophy, Leiden University. Reuvensplaats 3-4, room 1.01E.
(http://visitors.leiden.edu/buildings/reuvensplaats.html)

Theme of the workshop

Most contemporary Western states are liberal democracies. Their constitutions combine democratic decision procedures with non-democratic restriction on that procedure (usually in the form of fundamental rights). It is remarkable that this liberal democratic institutional arrangement is justified by radically different philosophical traditions, ranging from utilitarianism to republicanism; from deliberative democracy theory to certain forms of agonism.
The debate between these traditions typically turns on the minutiae of institutional design, the desiderata on an ideal political order and the plausibility of the arguments endorsing liberal democracy. Unfortunately less attention is given to the implicit moral psychology of these traditions. It is clear that these various justifications of liberal democracy all have implicit assumptions about those participating in such constitutions.
The aim of this workshop is to come to a critical comparison and assessment of these various more or less implicit assumptions about the psychology of the subjects of liberal democracies.

Program
9.30-10.00: Coffee & welcome
10.00-11.30: Glen Newey (Leiden University): “’The psyche as public works project: truth, compliance, and psychopharmacology”
11.30-13.00: Véronique Munoz-Dardé (University of California at Berkeley/University College London): “The Priest, the Liberal and the Harlot: Liberalism and Sexual Desire”
13.00-14.00: Lunch
14.00-15.30: Philip Pettit (Princeton University/Australian National University): “Demarcating the Basic Liberties”
15.30-17.00: Paul Nieuwenburg (Leiden University): “The Liberalism of Shame”
17.00-18.00: Drinks

 

NB: The workshop follows the third annual Centre for Political Philosophy Lecture by Philip Pettit on Thursday, October 30. For more information, check the CPP website: http://www.centreforpoliticalphilosophy.nl/

Attendance, as well as lunch and drinks are free of charge, but space is limited. Therefore, please register with Mrs. Karineke Sombroek (c.w.sombroek@phil.leidenuniv.nl) so we know to expect you.

This workshop is sponsored by the Leiden Institute for Philosophy, the Leiden Institute of Political Science and the Leiden University Fund.

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