CfP: Kant in Reykjavik (ECPR)

Peter Niesen hat uns gebeten, auf eine von ihm mitorganisierte Sektion bei der ECPR General Conference an der University of Iceland im August 2011 hinzuweisen. Der Titel der Sektion lautet „Kantian Approaches to Political Normativity“, die einzelnen Panels beschäftigen sich mit:  „Kant on freedom of speech“, „Kant on International Trade“, Kantian Approaches to Bioethics“, „The Unconditionality of Political Norms“ und „Force and Freedom: Author meets Critics“. Bei dem letzten Panel geht es, wie der Titel schon nahelegt, um Arthur Ripsteins Rekonstruktion von Kants politischer Philosophie, die unter dem Titel „Force and Freedom“ letztes Jahr bei HUP erschienen ist. Ripstein wird an dem Panel teilnehmen und auf Kritiker antworten. Wer es nächstes Jahr nicht nach Island schafft, dem sei hiermit zumindest Ripsteins großartiges Buch empfohlen! Die Deadline für Abstracts ist der 01.02.2011, die kompletten Calls finden sich nach dem Klick:

„6th ECPR General Conference, University of Iceland, Reykjavik August 25-27, 2011. Deadline for submissions of suggestions for papers is February 1, 2011. For more information on the conference, go to For information on submission procedure, look at the „Guidelines and deadlines for paper proposals“.

Section Title: Kantian Approaches to Political Normativity

Section Chair(s)
Name: Peter Niesen  (
Institution: DARMSTADT, Technische Universität
Name: Viljhálmur Árnason  (
Institution: ICELAND, University of
Section Abstract
In recent years, Kant scholarship and Kantian political thought have sharpened parallel research questions on several levels of normative political theory: first, on the level of the status of political norms, second, on the level of the structure and content of constitutional and international law, third, on the level of concrete questions of normative ethics and public policy. On the first level, the nature of political norms and their differentiation from ethical and legal norms has been explored, with far-reaching implications for political authority and political legitimacy. On the second level, the international debate on global government and governance has for two decades now been fuelled by ostensibly Kantian intuitions. More recently, however, positions in liberal international law have been criticised from the perspective of new interpretations of Kant’s texts. At the same time, critics have claimed to find imperial tendencies within Kant’s work. Finally, concrete policy issues have played an increasing role in Kant scholarship and in Kantian attempts to challenge a general utilitarian predominance in public policy. Authors have addressed themes such as biopolitics, freedom of expression, intellectual property or migration. In this section, we intend to bring together Kant scholars with contemporary systematic political theorists working on all three levels.


241 – Force and Freedom: author meets critics

Name: David  Owen  ( – Panel Chair
Institution: SOUTHAMPTON, University of

Name: Arthur  Ripstein  ( – Panel Discussant
Institution: TORONTO, University of

Panel Abstract

Arthur Ripstein’s book reads Kant’s Doctrine of Right as a systematic contemporary statement in political philosophy, dealing with issues such as political authority, rights, property, and the state. The panel invites papers focusing on the coherence and attractiveness of the positions stated as well as studies that discuss the textual grounds for the positions attributed to Kant. Topics include the normative grounds of innate freedom and of the acquisition of property, the justification of the duties to leave the state of nature and to establish a republican state, and the status of a conception of distributive justice within a Kantian theory.

223 – Kant on freedom of speech

Panel Chair(s)

Name: Peter  Niesen  ( – Panel Chair
Institution: DARMSTADT, Technische Universität

Panel Abstract

Although Kant belongs to the small number of classical authors on the normative foundations of freedom of speech, and has arguably influenced a number of contemporary political philosophers of free expression, there exists little literature on this aspect of his work. The panel invites studies from within Kant scholarship on Kant’s view of the grounds, functions, extension, and limits of freedom of speech. It also welcomes papers delineating what contemporary interest and limits Kant’s or Kantian conceptions of free speech may have.

502 – Kant on International Trade

Panel Chair(s)

Name: Lea  Ypi  ( – Panel Chair
Institution: OXFORD, University of

Panel Abstract

Whilst the expansion of international trade plays a key role in the justification of cosmopolitan right, Kant is also known for having defended the protectionist policies of states affected by foreign trade such as China and Japan. In assessing these seemingly contradictory positions the critique is divided: some authors see Kant’s cosmopolitanism as articulating one of the most progressive positions on foreign trade compared to the views of his contemporaries, and others as simply one further instance of the imperialistic tendencies embedded in Enlightenment political thought. This panel seeks contributions discussing Kant’s position on international trade, its relationship to cosmopolitan right, the role of trade in Kant’s philosophy of history, Kantian conceptions of exploitation and just relations to indigenous people, Kant’s critique of colonialism and commercial expansion, and the relevance of these topics for contemporary debates on global justice. Papers examining these issues from either a historical or a systematic perspective are welcome.

490 – Kantian Approaches to Bioethics

Panel Chair(s)

Name: Vilhjálmur  Árnason  ( – Panel Chair
Institution: ICELAND, University of

Panel Abstract

In this panel, concepts such as autonomy, human worth, moral community and practical reason will be analysed from a Kantian perspective. This analysis will be brought to bear upon some issues in bioethics, such as informed consent for participation in research. It will be asked whether re-evaluation is needed in mainstream bioethical thinking and how Kantian approaches could be of value in that task.

411 – The Unconditionality of Political Norms

Panel Chair(s)

Name: Sorin  Baiasu  ( – Panel Chair
Institution: KEELE, University of

Panel Abstract

The famous debate between Kant and Benjamin Constant concerning a supposed right to lie from philanthropy brings into relief both the sharp contrast between the positions involved (political norms are unconditional vs. political norms are conditional) and the significance of the arguments (both Kant and Constant claim that a society would be impossible if political norms were conditional/unconditional, respectively). Starting from this debate, the aim of the panel is to explore the status of political norms by an investigation of significant relevant issues, such as: 1) the implications of the conditionality/unconditionality of political norms (Would it be right to say – as Kant and Constant did – that our society would become impossible if juridical norms were unconditional/conditional?); 2) the meaning of unconditionality (What kind of conditions should we have in view when we regard a political norm as conditional or unconditional?) 3) the possibility of accounting for unconditionality (What would be the source of an unconditional political norm and what would the nature of such a source tell us about the case for unconditionality?)“

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