CFP: Political Philosophy and the Future of Capitalism, Waseda University, June 15-17, 2019 (deadline: Mar. 15, 2019)

A workshop on the theme Political Philosophy and the Future of Capitalism will be held at Waseda University, in Tokyo, from June 15 to 17, 2019.

Confirmed speakers:
Chiara Cordelli (University of Chicago)
Martin O’Neill (University of York)
Lucas Stanczyk (Harvard University)

Questions about capitalism and its many discontents have acquired a new urgency in recent years. Economic inequalities have reached levels that seemed unthinkable a generation ago, contributing to political instability across the globe, and injecting new life into old questions about the viability and justifiability of capitalism. Globalization has transformed conditions of production and made work more precarious, rekindling old doubts about capitalism’s ability to provide minimally fulfilling forms of employment. And dazzling advances in automation have lent new relevance to old questions about mechanisation, prompting concerns about the place and nature of work
in future capitalist societies.

In light of such developments, there is a pressing need for work in normative political theory that engages closely with the major economic issues of our time—investigating, for instance, whether a just capitalist society (or international order) is at all possible; whether alternative economic arrangements might prove preferable; and, more broadly, what place these questions should occupy in our normative theorizing. The workshop aims to bring together researchers whose work focuses on these and related topics at the intersection of political philosophy and economics.  

If you are interested in participating, please send a brief abstract of your projected presentation (250 words or fewer) to by March 15, 2019.

Organized by Shin Osawa (University of Kitakyushu) and Louis-Philippe Hodgson (York University) in collaboration with the Waseda Institute of Political Economy (WINPEC) and the Waseda Political Thought Seminar.


Shin Osawa
University of Kitakyushu
Kitakyushu, Japan

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