CFP: The Challenge of Market Socialism – Challenges to Market Socialism

Submission deadline: July 31, 2019

Conference date(s):
February 20, 2020 - February 21, 2020

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Conference Venue:

Department of Philosophy, Goethe University of Frankfurt
Frankfurt am Main, Germany


Confirmed Speakers:

Tamara Jugov (Berlin), Hannes Kuch (Frankfurt), Nicholas Vrousalis (Leiden),Helen McCabe (Nottingham), Christian Neuhäuser (Dortmund) and Lea Ypi (LSE)


The aim of this workshop is to bring market socialism into the focus of political philosophy and to ask whether a just society requires a form of market socialism as its economic system. We want to bring together scholars who support market socialism with scholars who criticize it. The workshop will focus on two quite different attempts to criticize market socialism: On the one hand, many social-liberal authors claim that the less far-reaching alternative to capitalism, a property-owning democracy, is sufficient to ensure justice. On the other side of the spectrum, it is argued that market socialism does not go far enough because it still leaves (too much) room for the market and its harmful effects. The central question for all these discussions is how exactly the relationship between economy and justice is understood. Moreover, it is of decisive importance whether and in what respect the market might have destabilizing effects on the realization of justice.


The workshop will include eight to nine talks. Each speaker will be given a slot of 75 minutes (about 25 minutes for presentation and 50 minutes for discussion). Draft versions of the papers are shared among all participants two weeks before the workshop. A selection of the papers will be published in a Special Issue of the “Review of Social Economy”.

Call for Papers:

Please submit an extended abstract of 750 words ready for blind review. Deadline for submissions is July 31, 2019, and decisions will be communicated within four weeks. Please send your proposal together with a short bio sketch to The paper should be unpublished.Travel expenses will be covered up to 450€.

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