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CPP Political Philosophy Workshop with David Owen: “On Vindication in Ethics and Politics”

Friday 21 April 2023
CPP Colloquia 2022-2023
Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden

The Centre of Political Philosophy is proud to host a political philosophy workshop with David Owen, Professor in Politics.

Audience: the workshop is targeted at master students, PhD candidates, and researchers interested in political philosophy. 

Registration: Participation is free but places are limited. Please register by contacting Karineke Sombroek: c.w.sombroek@phil.leidenuniv.nl

A text for discussion will be distributed prior to the meeting to those who registered.

Professor David Owen (Southampton)

“On Vindication in Ethics and Politics”

One question that can be asked of us, as ethical agents, is whether our actions are justified; a second question is whether our actions are vindicated by what, it turns out, we have done.

Each of these questions constructs a reflective stance towards our ethical agency that involves giving an account of ourselves. Yet, or so I will argue, these reflective stances, and the form of accounting that each institutes, are both importantly distinct and necessary elements of any ethical outlook that can be related to one another in more than one way. 


David Owen is Professor of Social and Political Philosophy at the University of Southampton. His most recent books include What do we owe to refugees? (Polity 2020), Democratic Multiplicity (co-edited, CUP 2022) and The Political Philosophy of Internal Displacement (co-edited, OUP in press).

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