11th Pavia Graduate Conference in Political Philosophy

September 9, 2013 - September 10, 2013
Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universita' degli Studi di Pavia


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  • Department of Humanities Piemonte Orientale University, Vercelli

Keynote speakers:

Sebastiano Maffettone
Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli
Philip Pettit
Princeton University

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On the 9th and 10th of September 2013, the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Pavia (Italy), under the joint patronage of the Italian Society for Political Philosophy and the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy, will host the eleventh edition of the Pavia Graduate Conference in Political Philosophy. This two-day conference is meant to offer graduate students an opportunity to present papers, get helpful feedback in a friendly atmosphere, and exchange ideas both with peers and with leading academics in the field of political philosophy. In addition to parallel sessions devoted to students’ presentations, there will also be two plenary sessions. Plenary speakers in past editions have been: Hillel Steiner, Anna Elisabetta Galeotti, Peter Jones, Gianfrancesco Zanetti, Jonathan Wolff, Michele Nicoletti, Philippe Van Parijs, Sebastiano Maffettone, Giovanni Giorgini, Andrew Williams, David Miller, Alessandro Ferrara, Valeria Ottonelli, Adam Swift, Gerald Gaus, Serena Olsaretti, Thomas M. Scanlon. 

Conference registration is free of charge. Anyone who wishes to attend the conference without presenting a paper can write to check availability.

Please address all correspondence (including additional inquiries) to the conference email address: [email protected]



Registration: Aula Grande, Department of Political and Social
Sciences, University of Pavia

Plenary Session (Aula Grande)
Chair: Ian Carter (Università di Pavia)
Sebastiano Maffettone (LUISS, Roma) From Inter-National Justice to
Global Justice


1. Political Equality (Aula Grande)
Chair: Enrico Biale (Università del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli)
Attila Mráz (Central European University, Budapest) On the logical
priority of justice over legitimacy: the case of political equality
Alexander Prescott-Couch (Harvard University) Political equality and diversity

2. Security and Conflict (Sala CASIP)
Chair: Pamela Pansardi (Università di Pavia)
Jean-François Grégoire (KU Leuven) The federalist: a Machiavellian
solution to the security dilemma
Jacopo Costa (Università di Torino) The role of conflict on the
institutional evolution


3.Global Justice (Aula Grande)
Chair: Marianna Bindi (Università di Pavia)
Florian Ostmann (University College London) Constructive
interpretation and the status quo: the case against
Isaac Taylor (University of Oxford) Coercion, egalitarianism, and
global public goods

4. Justice and Liberalism (Sala CASIP)
Chair: Chiara Testino (Università di Pavia)
Thomas Parr (University of Warwick) Against benefiting from injustice:
a fairness-based response to Daniel Butt
Matej Cíbik (Charles University, Prague) Is Rawls defending liberalism?


5. Property and Territory (Aula Grande)
Chair: Federica Liveriero (Università del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli)
Kin-Wai Leung (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) Is the doctrine of
“first come, first served” unfair? -an examination of G. A. Cohen’s
Susanne Burri (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Personal sovereignty and our moral rights to non-interference
Laura Lo Coco (King’s College, London) The Lockean theory of territory
and individual secession: a qualified defense

6. Justice and Redress (Sala CASIP)
Chair: Emanuela Ceva (Università di Pavia)
Sara Amighetti (University College London), Alasia Nuti (University of
Cambridge) A shared past calls for a shared redress
Mariangela Tobbia (Université de Montréal) Jus post bellum (jpb) and
Transitional Justice (TJ) in post-war and in post-authoritarian regime



7. Partiality and Associative Obligations (Sala CASIP)
Chair: Federica Liveriero (Università del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli)
Rachelle Bascara (Birkbeck College, University of London) Compatriot
Partiality and Cosmopolitan Justice
Valentin Stoian (Central European University, Budapest) Dworkin’s
associative political obligations and the anarchist challenge

8. Freedom (Aula Grande)
Chair: Ian Carter (Università di Pavia)
Pietro Intropi (Nuffield College, University of Oxford) Bivalence,
trivalence, liberal and republican freedom
Garvan Walshe (University of Manchester) Towards a Neo-Roman minimal state


9. Responsibility (Sala CASIP)
Chair: Enrico Biale (Università del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli)
Selina O’Doherty (University of South Wales, Newport) “Harming by
degrees” – Justifying pre-emptive action against global warming
through treating imminent harms as actual harms
Lorenzo Del Savio (Istituto Europeo di Oncologia) Are
responsibility-sensitive distributive theories suitable for health

10. Justice, Virtue, Respect (Aula Grande)
Chair: Chiara Testino (Università di Pavia)
Eric Robert Boot (Radboud University, Nijmegen) The interdependence of
justice and virtue: a Kantian approach
Francesco Chiesa (University of South Wales, Newport) Why respect is
not enough: when difference calls for esteem

Plenary Session (Aula Grande)
Chair: Emanuela Ceva (Università di Pavia)
Philip Pettit (Princeton University) Democracy and Justice

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