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2nd CfP: The relationship between Political Theory and politics

28 May 2013, University of Sheffield, ICOSS, 10 am-6 pm Keynote speaker:
Prof. Michael Freeden (Oxford University)

Almost any Political Theory aspires to address itself to a chosen political
context, to speak to politics, and to be, at least in this sense, political.
Recently thriving debates about "realism" or "(non-) ideal theory" in
Political Theory have taken up this long-standing issue and at least
implicitly focus on the following question: how are different strands of
contemporary Political Theory related to politics? 

The answers that these debates have advanced are often offered in terms of a
dichotomy between "idealism" and "realism" and of rephrasing the question as
a problem of application of Political Theory. Is this all there is to say
about the relationship? This question is all the more pressing, as thinking
about the relationship between Political Theory and its political context is
directly connected to another question that looms large in current debates:
in which senses is Political Theory political? 

This conference intends to further scrutinize this complex set of questions
and the answers that current debates have so far offered. Papers are invited
to address, but do not need to be limited to, the following sets of questions:

1)How do different strands of contemporary Political Theory relate to
politics? Which alternative ways are there for Political Theory to relate to
its political context? How does the way Political Theory relates to its
political context shape Political Theory? 

2)In which senses is Political Theory political? How many different layers
are there to the political of Political Theory? What does this say about the
way it relates to its political context?

3)Whilst current debates about "realism" pay more attention to the
presuppositions of different approaches to Political Theory, i.e. engage in
the 'methodology of Political Theory', it seems that relatively little is
said about the methodology and presuppositions used for this kind of
"methodological" reflection. How, if at all, is this "methodology of
methodology" related to the ways in which Political Theory is political? 

Deadline for proposals of papers (300 words): 15 February 2013. Please send
questions and submissions to j.prinz@sheffield.ac.uk. Registration details
to follow in early 2013. 

This conference is kindly sponsored by the Department of Politics,
University of Sheffield. Lunch and light refreshments will be provided. 

Venue: Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS), University
of Sheffield, 219 Portobello, S1 4DP Sheffield 

Best regards

Janosch Prinz

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