The Future of Public Reason: Consensus, Convergence and Beyond

Keynote Speakers
Gerald Gaus, University of Arizona
Stephen Macedo, Princeton University

Conference Theme
This conference aims to bring together leading scholars in contemporary theories of public reason to explore questions surrounding liberalism in diverse settings. Our intention is to bring together a dynamic group of theorists to explore new avenues of research in public reason with the aim of promoting a productive dialogue between what are often taken to be competing factions in the public reason debate. We hope that dialogue among theorists of different bents leads to productive developments in theories of public reason, with the aim of taking the debate beyond the well-worn (though not necessarily unimportant) debates over the structure of public reason that currently occupy much of the literature.

Fundamental to the public reason liberalism project is the insight that deep diversity is the natural and permanent result of liberal institutions, and that the acknowledgement of such diversity requires, at times quite radical, revision to the way political theory has been done. This conference thus hopes to take steps in advancing political theory in diverse contexts, taking as its guiding framework public reason liberalism.

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We welcome faculty, students, and staff of the Philosophy and Moral Science Departments as well as members of the wider University community.