CALLS FOR PAPERS



Call for Papers
Special Issue on "Arthur Applbaum’s Legitimacy: The Right to Rule in a Wanton World and Legitimacy beyond the State"
Guest Editors
Matthias Brinkmann (PluriCourts, University of Oslo)
Anthony Taylor (Nuffield College, University of Oxford)

Philosophical debates about political legitimacy have significantly expanded over the last decade. One important contribution is Arthur Applbaum’s recent book Legitimacy: The Right to Rule in a Wanton World. On his account, power can only be exercised permissibly when we are governed by a free group agent. In developing this view, Applbaum also touches on many other important philosophical issues, like the concept of legitimacy, the conditions for legitimate foreign intervention, and the role of constitutional constraints and democratic processes in justifying power. The book also provides a novel critique of “wanton” government, which Applbaum diagnoses as a government which fails to constitute a coherent agent who is responsive to the reasons which apply to them.
Moral Philosophy and Politics invites contributions that engage with ideas and arguments from Applbaum’s book. Beyond his book, we are also interested in attempts to expand theorising about legitimacy beyond the state to global issues and institutions. We are especially interested in accounts of the legitimacy of international institutions, like the UN, WTO or ICJ, and how the right to rule should be assigned in a world which faces global existential challenges like climate change. Contributions which tackle these wider issues are encouraged, but not required, to engage with Applbaum’s work.
There is a wide range of themes in Applbaum’s book. Some of the contributions that papers could focus on are the following:

  • Applbaum’s power-liability account of the concept of legitimacy
  • The group agency account of legitimacy
  • Freedom and the foundations of a theory of legitimacy
  • Kantian and Republican accounts of legitimacy (in Applbaum and others)
  • Legitimate foreign intervention
  • The role of democratic procedures and substantive outcomes in justifying power
  • “Wanton” government and other failures of agency
  • Applications of Applbaum’s arguments to contemporary issues

For the topic of legitimacy beyond the state we invite contributions that tackle the following issues:

  • Conceptually understanding legitimacy beyond the state
  • Group agency and legitimacy beyond the state
  • The legitimacy of international organisations, especially international courts
  • The political legitimacy of responses to climate change
  • Existential threats to humanity and political legitimacy

Papers should be submitted by December 1, 2021 and should be between 3.000 and 10.000 words in length.

All submissions will undergo MOPP’s double-blind refereeing process. Please note that this process is not organized by the guest editors but by the journal’s founding editors who will also have the final word on publication decisions.

The journal’s manuscript submission site can be accessed at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mopp

 


Call for Papers

Special Issue on „David Estlund’s Utopophobia – On the Limits (if Any) of Political Philosophy

Guest Editors

Philipp Schink (Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, Bad Homburg)

Achim Vesper (Goethe University, Frankfurt)

 

In recent years, the discussion in political philosophy has increasingly turned to a methodological issue, namely the question whether it is appropriate to carry out studies in this field on contrafactual premises. The debate concentrates on the scope to which assumptions about practical aspects, particularly their guidingness and feasibility, have to be included in the justification of normative standards. Here, realistic, non-ideal and ideal approaches and their respective methods are critically examined for their plausibility. With his recently published Utopophobia - On the Limits (if Any) of Political Philosophy David Estlund has made an important and highly fascinating contribution to this important debate. In the book, he defends a decidedly ideal approach, subjecting the alternative realistic approaches to meticulous criticism. The central claim of the book is: „It is no defect in a theory or conception of social justice if it sets such a high standard that there is little or no chance of it being met, by any society, ever. Such a theory could nevertheless be true.“

Moral Philosophy and Politics invites contributions on how we are to think or theorize about normative requirements in politics that critically engage with the arguments or pick up themes from Estlund’s book. David Estlund has kindly agreed to respond to the comments and objections. Although Estlund’s book is very rich in its details, the following questions are of special importance for the discussion of its topic:

  • What exactly distinguishes a realistic approach from an ideal one? Is the difference really about methodology or do the different approaches rather pursue different objectives.
  •  How should the practical requirements for normative political theories be conceived and what role do questions of feasibility and action-guidingness play within theories of norms in general?
  •  Given that ideal approaches can be successfully pursued, is there significant value in doing so?
  • What are the different approaches to ideal theory? Does the debate between realistic and ideal approaches obstruct the debate about different types of ideal justification strategies?

Papers should be submitted by June 1, 2021 and should be between 3000 and 8000 words in length.

All submissions will undergo MOPP’s double-blind refereeing process. Please note that this process is not organized by the guest editor but by the journal’s founding editors who will also have the final word on publication decisions.
The journal’s manuscript submission site can be accessed here:

http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mopp