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CPP Colloquium and Workshop with Niko Kolodny

  • Niko Kolodny (Berkeley)
Thursday 12 April 2018
CPP Colloquia 2017-2018
Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden

The Center for Political Philosophy in Leiden is pleased to announce a

a CPP Lecture by Niko Kolodny:  'Being Under the Power of Other' &

a CPP workshop with Niko Kolodny: 'Reasons, Equality, Democracy'

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13:00 - 15:00 CPP Lecture 'Being Under the Power of Other'


At the core of the recent revival and development of the republican tradition and of Kant's political philosophy is a suggestive thesis: that certain ways of being under the power of others are objectionable as such. However, if we understand the objection as Kantians and republicans understand it, then to live under a state is to be objectionably under the power of others. I suggest, instead, that the objection is to being under the power of a superior person, and it is rooted in a wider concern for social equality. To live under a state need not be to live objectionably under the power of others, so understood. The broader moral is that we need to guard against conflating a concern for nonsubordination—a concern, as it were, to "have no master"—with other forms of freedom. I close with another illustration of this moral, drawn from Rousseau.

15:30 - 17:30 CPP Workshop 'Reasons, Equality, Democracy'

15.30 – 16.00 Comments by: Bruno Verbeek, Nicholas Vrousalis, Thomas Fossen

16.00 – 16.20 Response by Niko Kolodny

16.20 – 17.30 Discussion

About Niko Kolodny

Niko Kolodny is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds an MA for Oxford and a PhD from Berkeley. Before returning to Berkeley as Assistant Professor in 2005, he was Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University and Research Associate at the Research School of Social Sciences of the Australian National University. Kolodny’s main interests lie in moral and political philosophy. He has published widely in moral and political philosophy and is an associate editor of Philosophy and Public Affairs.

About the Center for Political Philosophy (CPP) Colloquia Series

The CPP is a collaboration between the Institute for Philosophy and the Institute for Political Science at Leiden University. Attendance of the Colloquia is free and there is no need to register. See CPP for more information. For further questions please contact dr. Dorota Mokrosinska at d.m.mokrosinska@phil.leidenuniv.nl

All are welcome!

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