CFP: Moral Philosophy & Politics, Special Issue on Legitimate Expectations
Submission deadline: September 14, 2016
Moral Philosophy & Politics invites contributions to a special issue on Legitimate Expectations. Expectations are a pervasive feature of our lives. We generate expectations in other people by the ways we act and the things we say, and they are generated in us by others in the same ways. Intuitively, some of these expectations are legitimate and some are not. For example, while a person that was given a promise has a legitimate expectation for this promise to be kept (and is otherwise owed compensation, an apology or at least an explanation), a thief’s expectation not to get caught seems to lack such normative significance. Furthermore, the state generates expectations in its citizens, and some of these are profoundly important (for example that there will not be revolutionary and immediate changes in the tax system, or in state funding for various activities). Again, it is an open question which of these expectations should be considered legitimate, and why, and it is also an open question how the state ought to act with respect to legitimate expectations.
We invite papers that address issues surrounding the legitimacy and normative significance of expectations. Questions that could be addressed include, but are not limited to, the following:
- How can we systematically distinguish between legitimate and illegitimate expectations?
- What is the connection between the justice of an expectation and its legitimacy? For instance, do criteria of justice determine which expectations are legitimate or do we use some other standard?
- Do legitimate expectations constrain justice in some way, for example, in what justice demands, or in how we transition to an ideally just situation?
- Must we allow for some unjust expectations being legitimate; and if yes, under which circumstances? For example, how does the obtaining of (particular) non-ideal conditions affect the legitimacy of expectations?
- What does disagreement about (particular issues of) justice imply for the legitimacy of (particular) expectations?
- What is the normative relevance of harm caused by the frustration of (particular) legitimate expectations?
Papers should be submitted before September 15th, and should not exceed 8000 words. The journal’s manuscript submission site can be found under: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mopp.
Guest editors: Lukas Meyer, Pranay Sanklecha, Thomas Pölzler