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2018 Arizona-Wuhan Contemporary Political Philosophy Summer School Schedule and Reading
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2018 Arizona-Wuhan Contemporary Political Philosophy

Summer School Schedule and Reading






9:00-10:30 am

Paul Patton

Liberal Political Philosophy and the Problem of Legitimacy: Consent and Justice


Ulrich Steinvorth


Democracy and Meritocracy in the

Western Tradition

 3:00-4:30 pm

Jeremy Moss

The Global Carbon Budget (CB).

 4:45-6:15 pm

Robert Simpson

What is Autonomy


9:00-1100 am

Jeremy Moss

Causality and Harm

3:00-4:30 pm

Jeremy Moss

    Paul Patton

Climate, Colonisation and Historic Injustice

4:45-6:15 pm

Ulrich Steinvorth

Meritocracy and Democracy in the Chinese Tradition


9:00-11:00 am




9:00-11:00 am




3:30-530 pm

Robert Simpson

Historical and Relatioal Theories 

                  of Autonomy


9:00-11:00 am

Robert Simpson

Perfectionism and Individualism

3:00-5:00 pm

Paul Patton

Contemporary Republican Approaches to Legitimacy: Government under the Control of the People?



Paul Patton

The Political Turn in Animal Rights Theory: Citizenship for Animals?


Ulrich Steinvorth

New Ways of Combining Meritocracy and Democracy


1. Paul Patton:

Lecture 1: Liberal political philosophy and the problem of legitimacy: consent and justice


1) A. J. Simmons,Justification and Legitimacy.pdfEthics, 109:4, 1999, 739-771.

Suggested background reading:

2) Samuel Bagg and Jack Knight, (2015) ‘Legitimacy,’ Michael T. Gibbons ed. The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, Wiley.

3) Fabienne Peter, (2017) ‘Political Legitimacy,’ Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

4) John Locke, (1690) Second Treatise; An Essay Concerning the True Original, Extent and End of Civil Government, Chapter VIIIOf the Beginning of Political Societies.pdf.

Further Reading:

5) Amanda Greene, (2016) ‘Consent and Political Legitimacy,’ Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, Volume 2, 71-92.

6) Edward Song (2012), ‘Rawls’s Liberal Principle of Legitimacy,’ The Philosophical Forum, 43:2, 153-173.

7) Silje A. Langvatn, (2015) ‘Legitimate, but unjust; just, but illegitimate: Rawls on political legitimacy,’ Philosophy and Social Criticism, 1-22.

Lecture 2: Contemporary Republican approaches to legitimacy: government under the control of the people?


8) Philip Pettit,Legitimacy and Justice in Republican Perspective.pdfCurrent Legal Problems, 65, 2012, 59-82.

9) Edward Song,Rawls’s Liberal Principle of Legitimacy.pdfThe Philosophical Forum, 43:2, 2012, 153-173.

Lecture 3: The political turn in animal rights theory: citizenship for animals?


10) Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka,Animals in Political Theory - Oxford Handbooks.pdf, in Linda Kalof ed. The Oxford Handbook of Animal Studies, Oxford Handbooks Online,

DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199927142.013.33

Lecture 4 (with Jeremy Moss): Climate, Colonisation and Historic Injustice


11) Jeremy Waldron,Superseding Historic Injustice.pdfEthics, 103:1, 1992, 4-28

 Historical Injustice.pdf

2. Jeremy Moss:

Lecture 1: The global carbon budget (CB).  

The CB is the amount of remaining greenhouse gases (GHGs) that the world can emit and still avoid dangerous climate change. The lecture will discuss problems associated with dividing the CB including: a tool to aid a just distribution of climate harms and benefits; introduction to distributive justice; historical responsibility, ability to pay, and equal per capita proposals; what countries have actually pledged and whether these pledges are sufficient.

Essential Reading:

1) Caney (2005),Cosmopolitan Justice, Responsibility, and Global Climate Change.pdfLeiden Journal of International Law.

Further Reading:

2) Australian Government, Department of the Environment and Energy. (2016). National greenhouse accounts factors – August 2016.

3) Allen, M., Frame, D., Frieler, K., Hare, W., Huntingford, C., Jones, C., ... & Raper, S. (2009). The exit strategy. Nature reports climate change, 56-58.

4) D. Bell, ‘Carbon Justice? The Case against a Universal Right to Equal Carbon Emissions’. In Seeking Environmental Justice, edited by Sarah Wilks, Amsterdam: Rodolphi, 2008.

5) H. Shue, ‘Global Environment and International Inequality’, International Affairs, 75, 531-45.

6) Gardiner, S. (2010). Climate ethics: Essential readings. Oxford University Press on Demand.

7) Page, E. A. 2012. ‘Give It Up for Climate Change: A Defence of the Beneficiary Pays Principle’, International Theory 4: 300-30.  http://trillionthtonne.org/

Lecture 2: Causality and harm.  

How are individuals and countries causing harm through producing fossil fuels and GHGs? The lecture will discuss the harm principle as a way of understanding this issue.  Issues discussed will include: causal chains leading to harm; causing versus enabling harm; complicity; the case of Australian exports.

Essential Reading:

8)Moss J. ‘Exporting Harm’, Climate Change and Justice, ed., Jeremy Moss (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).

9) Cripps, E. 2011. Climate change, collective harm and legitimate coercion. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 14(2): 171–93.

Further Reading:

10) Feinberg, J. 1984. Harm to others: The moral limits of the criminal law. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

11) Nolt, J. 2011. How harmful are the average American’s greenhouse gas emissions? Ethics, Policy and Environment 14(1): 3–10.

12)Shue, H. 1993. Subsistence Emissions and Luxury Emissions. Law and Policy 15(1): 39–60.

13) Stapleton, J. 2001. Legal cause: Cause-in-fact and the scope of liability for consequences. Vanderbilt Law Review 54: 941–1009.

Lecture 3 (with Paul Patton): Climate, Colonisation and Historic Injustice.

This lecture will discuss whether countries that have emitted more in the past ought to have a lesser share of the future carbon budget.

Essential Reading:

14) Duus-Otterström, Göran.The problem of past emissions and intergenerational debts.pdf,Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 17(4) (2014): 448-69.

Further Reading:

15) Almassi, Ben. “Climate Change and the Ethics of Individual Emissions.” Perspectives: International Postgraduate Journal of Philosophy (2012): 4-21.

16) Barry, Christian and Gerhard Øverland. “Individual responsibility for carbon emissions: is there anything wrong with overdetermining harms?” In Climate Change and Justice, edited by Jeremy Moss, 165-183. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

17) Broome, John. "The ethics of climate change." Scientific American 298(6) (2008): 96-102.

18) Morrow, David R. “Climate Sins of Our Fathers? Historical Accountability in Distributing Emissions Rights.” Ethics, Policy & Environment 19(3) (2016): 335-49.

3.Robert Simpson:

Lecture 1: What Is Autonomy

Required Reading:

1) Harry Frankfurt,Freedom of the Will and the Concept of a Person.pdf, The Journal of Philosophy 68/1 (1971): 5-20.

Recommended Reading:

2) Gary Watson,Free Agency.pdf, The Journal of Philosophy 72/8 (1975): 205-20;

3)Marilyn A. Friedman,Autonomy and the Split-Level Self.pdf, The Southern Journal of Philosophy 24/1 (1986): 19-35.

Lecture 2: Historical and Relational Theories of Autonomy

Required Reading:

4)John Christman,Autonomy and Personal History.pdf, Canadian Journal of Philosophy 21/1 (1991): 1-24.

5) Catriona Mackenzie and Natalie Stoljar,Introduction Autonomy Refigured.pdf in Relational Autonomy: Feminist Perspectives on Autonomy, Agency, and the Social Self, Eds. Catriona Mackenzie and Natalie Stoljar (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000): 3-34.

Lecture 3: Perfectionism and Individualism

Required Reading:

6)John Christman,Relational Autonomy, Liberal Individualism, and the Social Constitution of Selves.pdf, Philosophical Studies 117/2 (2004): 143-64;

Recommended Reading:

7) Marina Oshana,Autonomy and the Question of Authenticity.pdf, Social Theory and Practice 33/3 (2007): 411-29.

4. Ulrich Steinvorth

Lecture 1: Democracy and meritocracy in the Western tradition

1)John Rawls,The Law of Peoples.pdf, Harvard UP 1999
2) G.W.F. Hegel,The Philosophy of History.pdf, tr. Sibree, Kitchner 2001 (any German edition is of course preferable)

Lecture 2: Meritocracy and democracy in the Chinese tradition

3)Daniel A. Bell,The China Model.pdf, Princeton UP 2015 

4) Bai, Tongdong,A Confucian Version of Hybrid Regime.pdf, in D.A. Bell and Chenyang Li, eds., The East Asian Challenge for Democracy. Political Meritocracy in comparative perspective. New York: Cambridge UP 2013, 55-87.
Lecture 3: New ways of combing meritocracy and democracy Marx and Engels, The Communist Manifesto;

5) Marx and Engel,The Communist Manifesto.pdf;

6) Max Weber,Prefatory Remarks to Collected Essays in the Sociology of Religion.pdf(1920), in Weber, The Protestant Ethic, ed. Stephen Kalberg, Roxbury 2002, 149-64;

7) Max Weber,Religious Rejections of the World.pdf, in Geerth and Mills, From Weber, Oxford UP 1946, 323-59.