“Postcolonial Legitimacy: Pettit and Rawls”
Professor Paul Patton
WHU Philosophy Spring Seminar Series
Thursday 10 May 2018
The aim of this paper is to compare John Rawls’s political liberal conception of legitimate government with Philip Pettit’s neo-republican conception, from the perspective of colonized Indigenous people. The interest of doing so is to enquire whether and in what ways these approaches might offer guidance in relation to the forms of government and political status required for the legitimate government of minority populations of colonized Indigenous people: what theoretical resources do they provide for determining conditions under which Australian government might properly be considered legitimate government of all Australians?
About the Speaker
Paul Patton is a Professor of Philosophy in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales, Australia. His current research interests include Political Philosophy in both Analytic and Continental traditions. He has published widely on French poststructuralist approaches to political philosophy, including the work of Deleuze, Derrida and Foucault. He has also published on political liberalism, rights and the rights of Indigenous people. Other interests include Modern European philosophy since Kant, especially Nietzsche, philosophy and literature.
When and Where
· When: 16:00-17:15 （时间：5月10日，周四，下午4点）
· Where: B214, School of Philosophy （哲学学院 B214）