Conference on Ideal Theory & Practice

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33: 1 & 2


Social Philosophy and Policy Conference on Ideal Theory and Practice

Journal Published Date: 

Fall 2016

The Social Philosophy and Policy conference, entitled Ideal Theory & Practice, was held December 3-6, 2015 at the Omni Tucson National Resort in Tucson, Arizona.

In volume 33:1/2, Ideal Theory for a Political World, authors consider a range of question related to Ideal Theory in a political world. What is Ideal Theory and is it the best model? Is Ideal Theory necessary to define injustices? What are the shortcomings of Ideal Theory? What is a political ideal? Is it attainable? What problems are there with Utopia and Utopianism?

The distinguished list of participants included:

  • Neera Badhwar, Professor Emerita, University of Oklahoma
  • Geoffrey Brennan, Distinguished Research Professor, Director, Duke-UNC PPE Program, Australian National University
  • David Estlund, Lombardo Family Professor of Humanities, Brown University
  • William Galston, Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in the Governance Studies Program, Brookings Institution
  • Simon Hope, Lecturer, University of Sterling
  • Jenann Ismael, Associate Professor, University of Arizona
  • Jacob Levy, Tomlinson Professor of Political Theory, McGill University
  • Andrew Mason, Professor, University of Warwick
  • David Miller, Professor, University of Oxford
  • Alex Rosenberg, R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy, Duke University
  • Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, Morehead-Cain Alumni Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • Matt Sleat, Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield
  • Zofia Stemplowska, Associate Professor, University of Oxford
  • Jim Woodward, Distinguished Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
  • Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy, Columbia (for this essay, see the issue on Progress)
  • Ed Hall, Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Sheffield
  • Annette Förster, Lecturer in Political Science, Aachen University
  • Mark Philp, Professor of History and Politics, University of Warwick
  • Jerry Gaus, James E. Rogers Professor of Philosophy, University of Arizona
  • Michael Huemer, Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado Boulder