segunda-feira, 26 de novembro de 2012

Colóquio de Teoria Política Contemporânea

Encontro de pesquisadores em teoria política contemporânea, dias 6 e 7 de Dezembro na Faculdade de Filosofia Letras e Ciências Humanas da USP (DCP/USP). Entre os expositores, Álvaro de Vita, Roberto Gargarella e Philippe van Parijs.

A natureza do Colóquio é apresentar e discutir trabalhos inéditos de pesquisadores de ponta da Teoria Política Contemporânea em contato com o país.

Os resumos e a programação podem ser encontrados no site do evento:


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domingo, 25 de novembro de 2012

Charles Taylor: "Is Democracy in Danger?"

Charles Taylor ministrou a conferência Alex Fountain de 2002 no King's College University (Canada). O título da conferência é "A democracia corre perigo?"

Charles Taylor- "Is democracy in Danger?"

sexta-feira, 16 de novembro de 2012

Entrevista: Habermas e o futuro da União Européia

Francis Fukuyama entrevistou Jürgen Habermas para o The Global Journal. Na entrevista, o filósofo alemão discute as teses de seu livro mais recente, The Crisis of the European Union: A Response.

The European Citizen: Just a Myth?


F: You place your constitutional project in the context of “a democratic legal domestication and civilization of state power.” This has of course been key to the European project from the beginning.
H: That’s perhaps too easily said. Here we are dealing with the very first instance of an accommodation of sovereign nation states – moreover, the first generation of particularly self-confident nation states with their own imperial pasts – to the postnational constellation of an emerging world society.

F: But isn’t the weakness of current European identity due to the fact that it has been described in such largely negative terms, i.e., to be a European means to be against war, against national selfishness, etc., instead of in positive terms, e.g., “I am proud to be member of a European civilization that represents X or Y” as positive values? And if so, how do we define those values and what kind of education project is necessary to give them meaning?
H: Jan Werner Müller, a younger professor of political science at Princeton university, recently rebutted the frequently heard accusation of the “failure of European intellectuals” with an argument that I find convincing. The expectation that the intellectuals should construct a “grand European narrative,” a European “identity,” with the aid of a new founding myth remains captive to a “nineteenth-century logic,” he argued. After all, the now well-studied history of the “invention” of national consciousness by historiography, the press, and school curricula during the nineteenth century, in view of its horrible consequences, does not provide an inviting example. We in Europe are still coming to terms with forms of ethnonational aggression – as is shown, even within the EU, by the example of Hungary. This is why I think it is sufficient to cite a couple of concrete demographic and economic statistics to remind ourselves of the diminishing weight of Europe in the world and to ask ourselves whether we must not pull ourselves together if we want to remain in a position to defend our cultural and social forms of life against the leveling force of the global economy – and, most importantly, to maintain a certain amount of influence on the international political agenda in accordance with our universalistic conceptions.

quinta-feira, 15 de novembro de 2012

A Dialética da Secularização Revisitada

José Giannotti e Henrique Elfes redebatem os temas da discussão entre o filósofo Habermas e o cardeal Ratzinger acerca dos rumos da modernidade.

The Dialetics of Secularization: On Reason and Religion

A "Dialética da Secularização" Revisitada: Razão, Religião e Estado Secular
Quando: dia 21 de novembro, às 18hs.
Onde: Prédio de Filosofia e Ciências Sociais (FFLCH-USP).

Conferência Anual de Teoria Política da Sciences Po

Sciences Po Graduate Political Theory Conference

Paris, 20-21 June 2013

Sciences Po Graduate Political Theory Conference
Keynote Speaker: Joseph Raz
The first Sciences Po Graduate Political Theory Conference is going to take place at Sciences Po, Paris, from June 20 to June 21st 2013.
We welcome contributions from young political theorists across the board, including the disciplines of political theory proper, the history of political thought, the epistemology of political science, etc. We are equally interested in accommodating a variety of theoretical approaches (analytical, normative, conceptual, historical) and intend to encourage a dialogue between these different methodologies. Also, we aim at geographic diversity, in that we shall try to promote a substantive academic exchange between young political theorists from Europe and their peers across the world.
The Sciences Po Graduate Political Theory Committee is happy to announce that Joseph Raz, famous legal, political and moral philosopher, will deliver the keynote address. The work of Joseph Raz covers a wide spectrum of topics, ranging from the relationship between law and politics, authority and reason, coercion and autonomy, moral neutrality and liberalism, to the normative intricacies of practical deliberation. Contributions that touch upon any of these subject-matters are warmly encouraged.
The Sciences Po Graduate Political Theory Conference will give doctoral students the opportunity of presenting their current work in front of their peers and other senior political theorists.
Each (2 to 2 and ½ hours-long) session of the conference will concentrate on two to three papers and will be led by a discussant from Sciences Po. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A period open to the public (professors and graduate students alike).
Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will also be provided for the duration of the conference.


Submission deadline: February 15, 2013
Submission/selection procedure: A detailed abstract (500 to 1,000 words) of the proposal should be sent to in PDF format. Any personal or institutional identification element should be expunged from the document (any information about the author that is included in the paper in one way or another will automatically lead to a rejection of the paper). Political theory students from the Ecole Doctorale of Sciences Po, Paris, will select approximately 15 proposals on a blind basis. The proposals and final papers should be written in English, which is also the working language of the Graduate Conference. The selected participants will be notified of their acceptance by March 15, 2013. All the other proposals will be acknowledged.
Selection committee: Aurélia Bardon (Sciences Po/CEVIPOF), Benjamin Boudou (Sciences Po/CEVIPOF), Elisabeth Chertok (Sciences Po/CEVIPOF), Alicia-Dorothy Mornington (Sciences Po/CEVIPOF), Giulia Oskian (Sciences Po/CEVIPOF), Andrei Poama (Sciences Po/CERI), Denis Ramond (Sciences Po/CEVIPOF), Elise Rouméas (Sciences Po/CEVIPOF)
For any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

segunda-feira, 12 de novembro de 2012

"Adam Smith estava certo..."

John Paul Rollert, no The Stone, discute o polêmico discurso de Mitt Romney no qual o candidato republicano derrotado teria afirmado que Adam Smith "estava certo [...] e vou me posicionar  e defender o capitalismo ao longo desse país". 


Few phrases in Western philosophy have embedded themselves as deeply in the vernacular as Smith’s invisible hand, and no single image has ever so captivated (and occasionally inflamed) the popular mind. This has been the case for a while now — the intellectual historian Emma Rothschild called the 20th century “the epoch of the invisible hand”— but the financial crisis and the federal government’s response have recently made it a cause for celebration and debate.

This development would most likely have surprised Adam Smith. The invisible hand makes only three appearances in his work, all fleeting. Blink, and you will miss them.

sexta-feira, 9 de novembro de 2012

A esquerda sem medo

Na última edição da revista eletrônica Fevereiro, o filósofo Ruy Fausto acrescentou um excurso ao seu longo ensaio "Esquerda/Direita: em busca dos fundamentos e reflexões críticas" no qual critica o livro recente de Vladimir Safatle, "A esquerda que não teme dizer seu nome". 


O que funciona mal no livro de Safatle? Muita coisa. Uma recusa em pensar a fundo os horrores do passado cometidos em nome da esquerda, um universalismo estreito, fechado às diferenças, uma recusa “inegociável” de toda “democracia parlamentar”. A acrescentar: a) suas referências teórico-filosóficas principais, Badiou – apesar de uma ressalva – e Zizek, e mais, Agamben e Derrida; b) um uso pelo menos curioso de autores que, na realidade, não são solúveis nestes que mencionei: Adorno e Lefort. 

O excurso foi respondido por Safatle na revista Cult:

terça-feira, 6 de novembro de 2012

Raz sobre promessas

Novo artigo do filósofo Joseph Raz  no qual retoma um dos problemas clássicos da filosofia moral: por que devo cumprir minhas promissas quando me beneficio mais não as cumprindo? O problema também é crucial para teorias da autoridade política de natureza contratualista, na medida em que a obediência é vista como um acordo (por vezes) oneroso?

Raz - "Is there a reason to keep promises?"

If promises are binding there must be a reason to do as one promised. The paper is motivated by belief that there is a difficulty in explaining what that reason is. It arises because the reasons that promising creates are content-independent. Similar difficulties arise regarding other content-independent reasons, though their solution need not be the same.

Section One introduces an approach to promises, and outlines an account of them that I have presented before. It forms the backdrop for the ensuing discussion. The problems discussed in the paper arise, albeit in slightly modified ways, for various other accounts as well. It is, however, helpful to use a specific account as a springboard leading to one explanation of promissory reasons, namely of the reasons that valid promises constitute for performing the promised act (Section Two). We can call it the bare reasons account. Sections Three and Four will raise difficulties with that account, leading to its abandonment in favour of an alternative in Sections Five and Six.

Conferência Carlos Nino (UBA)

A conferência "Carlos Nino" da Universidade de Buenos Aires foi ministrada por Ronald Dworkin. O filósofo abordou as principais teses do seu livro mais recente: Justice for Hedgehogs.  A apresentação contou com Roberto Gargarella como debatedor.