1999 Conference

St Catherine’s College, Oxford 7-9 January 1999
Academic Convenors: Judith Squires and Dario Castiglione. They write (Jan 2013): Dworkin (who at the time was still teaching in Oxford for part of the year) could not come back from NY, because his wife was ill, so he cancelled at the last minute. Cecile Laborde presented a paper in his place. As far as we can remember, she gave the paper in the afternoon, while we moved the round-table on Hollis to the evening. The other defection for last minute illness was Hillel Steiner, so Quentin presented a paper on Hobbes instead of the programmed session together with Hillel. As you can see from the programme, we packed some extra slots (against tradition). In spite of the fact that lots of people were ill with flu over Xmas (I got it soon after the holidays, and remember coughing throughout the proceedings), we had very high attendance (in excess of 100, as far as I remember)
Event timetable

Thursday 7th Jan 1999

2.00-3.00pm           Arrival

3.00pm                      Susan James (University of Cambridge)

                                     Securing Authority. Esteem in Early-modern Political Philosophy

4.15pm                      Tea/Coffee

4.45pm                     Susan Hurley (University of Warwick)

                                     Incentives, Talent, and the Roles of Responsibility in Justice

6.00pm                    Reception at the Master’s Lodge

7.00pm                     Dinner

8.15pm                      New Labour, New Politics:

                                    Anne Phillips (London Guildhall):

                                     Which Inequalities Matter?

                                    Raymond Plant (St. Catherines, Oxford): 

                                      Is there a Third Way?

Friday 8th Jan 1999

8.00-9.00am           Breakfast

9.00am                      Julia Stapleton (University of Durham)

                                      Political Thought and Public Values in Inter-war Britain

10.15am                    Tea/Coffee

10.30am                   Philippe van Parijs (Université Catholique de Louvain)

                                      The Disenfranchisement of the Elderly, and other Attempts to secure Intergenerational Justice

11.45am                    AGM, followed by:

                                     Homage to Alan Milne and A Brief History of the Conference of Political Thought (1971-1999) by Iain Hampsher-Monk (University of Exeter)

1.00pm                    Lunch

3.00pm                    Steven Lukes (Università di Siena and NYU)

                                    Is Universalism Ethnocentric?

4.15pm                       Tea/Coffee

4.30pm                      Round-Table Discussion of  Martin Hollis’s Trust within Reason

                                    Chaired by Quentin Skinner , and with the participation of: Frank HahnKeith DowdingKeith Graham, Tim O’Hagan and Steven Lukes.

6.00pm                      CUP Reception

7.00pm                      Dinner

8.15pm                       Ronald Dworkin (NYU Law School)

                                       The Demands on Legal and Political Philosophy at the End of the Century

Saturday 9th Jan 1999

8.00-9.00am                Breakfast

9.15am                        Diana Coole (Queen Mary and Westfield College, London)

                                        The Politics of Gendered Space: Mapping for a Postmodern Age

10.30am                      Tea/Coffee

11.00am                      The Two Faces of Political Thought:

                                      Hillel Steiner (University of Manchester) and Quentin Skinner (University of Cambridge) (followed by discussion)


Cécile Laborde (King’s College, London) and Simon Thompson (University of West England) have kindly agreed to act as Reserve Speakers.

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