150px-northwestern_university_seal-svgCall for Papers:
The Northwestern University Society for the Theory of Ethics and Politics (NUSTEP) will be holding its 11th annual conference at Northwestern University on March 30–April 1, 2017. The conference will feature keynote addresses by Marcia Baron and Kieran Setiya. We are now accepting paper submissions.
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JOB – Asst. Prof. in Political Philosophy & Environmental Ethics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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Application deadline is 4 October 2013
Starting April 1, 2014

Successful applicants will focus on questions of global justice, intergenerational justice and environmental ethics and work in close cooperation with other researchers at the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys). Thus he/she may tackle topics such as climate justice (intra- and intergenerational), ethical perspectives on economics, the ethics of land use and food production, and further ethical issues of global change.

Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate how they will develop strong links between philosophy and economics.


humboldt-university-of-berlinCandidates shall hold an outstanding doctoral degree and have an excellent research record in philosophy.  A strong interest in sustainability science and global environmental change research is expected.  Successful applicants will have proven their ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment.  Excellent command of English, good communication skills, and willingness to integrate themselves into an international research environment are mandatory.  Teaching experience is an asset.

Applicants must meet the legal requirements for an assistant professor (German: Junior professor) as stipulated in § 102a of the “Berliner Hochschulgesetz.”  Depending on the qualification and research focus of the successful candidate, up to 1.5 researcher positions at doctoral or post-doctoral level may be granted in order to establish a Junior Research Group (with the assistant professor as the group leader).

HU seeks to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female researchers to apply.  Applications of researchers from abroad are welcome.  Preference will be given to disabled persons with equal qualifications. Applicants with migration background are highly welcome.

To Apply

Applications should include a letter of motivation, a full CV, research and teaching experience (including evidence of interdisciplinary experience) and should be sent to

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Dekan der Philosophischen Fakultät I
Prof. Seadle
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin, Germany

Or as a single PDF file to, stating the reference number.

PhD Studentship in Environmental Political Philosophy – University of Lausanne (Switzerland)

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The institute of geography and sustainability of the faculty of geoscience and environment at the University of Lausanne is offering a PhD studentship in environmental political philosophy.

Application deadline: September 20, 2013

Université de Lausanne
Faculté des géosciences et de l’environnement
L’institut de géographie et durabilité met au concours un poste de
Doctorante ou Doctorant en philosophie politique environnementale

Entrée en fonction: 01.11.2013 ou à convenir
Fin de contrat: 31.10.2014
Durée du contrat: 1 an renouvelable 1 X 3 ans
Taux d’activité: 100 %
Lieu de travail: Institut de géographie et durabilité, Lausanne-Dorigny

Profil souhaité:
Le candidat devra construire un sujet de thèse dans le cadre de la démocratie écologique/green political theory et inscrire ses travaux dans le contexte plus général de la pensée écologique et des humanités environnementales, lesquelles conçoivent les interactions avec la nature comme un élément déterminant de la construction des sociétés. La détermination du sujet est ouverte pour autant qu’elle relève de ce cadre (de l’histoire des idées à une problématique contemporaine).
Le candidat ou la candidate devra être titulaire d’un Master, de préférence en philosophie politique ou en sciences politiques, et posséder une solide culture dans les domaines des idées politiques, de la pensée écologique et des problèmes écologiques scientifiquement étayés.

Description des tâches:
Outre son travail de recherche, le/la doctorante devra participer à des tâches de soutien à l’enseignement, et tout particulièrement à l’organisation, à la coordination et au suivi pédagogique du cours et du séminaire « Durabilité pour tous », lequel s’inscrit dans le programme d’enseignements de l’Unil. Il/elle devra encore participer à l’organisation de manifestations académiques et prendre part aux activités du groupe de recherche « humanités environnementales » au sein de l’IGD.

Dossier de candidature:
Envoi d’un dossier électronique auprès de comprenant :
– lettre de motivation
– curriculum vitae
– coordonnées de deux personnes pouvant fournir des références (adresse, numéro de téléphone, e-mail) (c’est-à-dire le/la directrice de mémoire de master ou l’institut dans lequel ont été effectuées les études de master.)
– copie des titres et notes universitaires
– version électronique d’un travail de recherche (mémoire de master) et de publications éventuelles

Pour tout renseignement complémentaire, veuillez contacter Dominique Bourg :

Délai de candidature: 20.09.2013

CALL FOR PAPERS – IAEP at the APA, Dec. 27-30, 2013

IAEP (2)Meeting of The International Association for Environmental Philosophy at the annual meeting of the American Philosophical Association—Eastern Division, December 27-30, 2013, Baltimore, MD, USA – Marriott Waterfront.

The International Association for Environmental Philosophy (IAEP) invites paper proposals in the form of full (1-2 page) abstracts.  Proposals for either individual papers or sessions organized around a specific topic (3-4 presenters) will be considered.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Monday, April 29, 2013.

Notice of selection will arrive by early June.  Note that all presenters must be members of IAEP at the time of the conference.

Please send 1-2 page (single-spaced) proposals in Word format to IAEP Secretary Steven Vogel.  Since individual and panel proposals are chosen through an anonymous review process, each submission should contain two attachments: (1) a cover letter that provides detailed contact information(including physical and electronic addresses and academic affiliation) of the author(s).  In addition, if you anticipate the need for audio-visual equipment should your proposal be accepted please indicate exactly what will be required in this letter (we cannot guarantee it but every effort will be made to accommodate your request). (2) The proposal itself, without any identifying information as to the author(s). In the case of panel proposals, a description of the theme of the panel should be included as well as proposals for each of the papers in the panel.

The International Association for Environmental Philosophy offers a forum for the philosophical discussion of our relation to the natural environment.  Embracing a broad understanding of environmental philosophy, IAEP encourages not only discussions of environmental ethics, but of environmental aesthetics, ontology, theology, the philosophy of science, political philosophy, ecofeminism, and the philosophy of technology.  IAEP also welcomes a diversity of approaches to these issues, including those inspired by Continental philosophy, the history of philosophy, and the tradition of American philosophy.

CALL FOR PAPERS – Collective Responsibility

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Political Theory 2011

Eighth Annual Conference: August 31-September 2nd 2011.

Most of the discussion about collective responsibility is focused on backward-looking or retrospective responsibility of collectives for what they have done or brought about. By contrast, relatively little attention is paid to the idea that collectives such as states, nations, corporations, segments of society, or random collections of people might have forward-looking or prospective responsibility to perform actions from now on.  This workshop invites papers that discuss this idea of forward-looking collective responsibility, as well as the related ideas of collective obligations (what collectives are obliged to do) and collective oughts (what collectives ought to do).


May 31, 2011: Deadline for submission of abstracts:
June 15, 2011: Notification of acceptance
July 15, 2011: Registration deadline
August 15, 2011: Submission of full papers for circulation
August 31 – September 2: Workshop

Possible Paper Topics:

In terms of scope, this workshop invites papers about any aspect of forward-looking collective responsibility, collective obligations, and collective oughts. Papers about backward-looking or retrospective collective responsibility will also be considered if they concern the relation between such responsibility and forward-looking collective responsibility.

Submission Procedure:

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit an abstract of at most 500 words HERE. If you already have a full draft of the paper, you can also submit the draft prefaced by an abstract. Full drafts of accepted papers are due August 15 for circulation among workshop participants.

Conference Date & Location

Friday, September 23, 2011 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.


Manchester Workshops in Political Theory 2011

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 Forward-Looking Collective Responsibility

The following is a non-exhaustive list of possible questions to discuss in submitted contributions:

1) Questions about investigating prospective collective responsibility in the first place:

  • What is the conceptual role of prospective collective responsibility in ethics? Where, if at all, do we need this concept?
  • What can we learn about prospective collective responsibility from the discussion about retrospective collective responsibility, and vice versa? Is a separate investigation into prospective collective responsibility necessary at all?
  • How did the strong emphasis on retrospective collective responsibility in the current philosophical discussion originate? Is it justified? 

2) General questions about prospective collective responsibility:

  • Which conditions must collectives meet to bear prospective collective responsibility?
  • How should we understand prospective collective responsibility? For example, is it analogous to individuals’ prospective responsibility, or of its own kind?
  • How does a collective’s prospective collective responsibility relate to the prospective responsibility of its members?
  • How does prospective collective responsibility relate to retrospective collective responsibility?

3) Questions about particular instances or candidates of prospective collective responsibility, e.g. concerning:

  • responsibility to assist the poor
  • responsibilities of environmental protection
  • responsibility to protect (R2P) / to engage in humanitarian intervention
  • responsibility of  collectives whose members are themselves collectives (e.g. the international community, the UN, the EU)