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CPP Colloquium 'Varieties of competition (and why they matter)'

Thursday 9 March 2023
CPP Colloquia 2022-2023
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

The Centre of Political Philosophy is pleased to announce a lecture by Lisa Herzog, Professor of Political Philosophy in Groningen.

Prof. dr. Lisa Herzog


The term “competition” is often used in an undifferentiated way. But competition can take very different forms; it can be incidental or intentionally set up, in artificial or real-life conditions. This paper suggests a framework for distinguishing these varieties of competition. Doing so matters for a number of reasons. First, it allows a more nuanced discussion about what kinds of competitions are normative desirable and for what reasons. Second, it helps understand unintended side-effects of competition. Third, it helps diagnose cases in which arguments about competition are misapplied for ideological purposes, e.g., by claiming that competition realizes certain values while the form of competition in question fails to do so. The paper discusses several concrete examples of misunderstandings around the notion of competition that demonstrate the usefulness of a differentiated approach. Its overall argument is to show that by taking the varieties of competition seriously, we can better understand what forms of competition (if any) are worth having.

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. Tim Meijers at t.meijers@hum.leidenuniv.nl

All are welcome!

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