Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Fall 2014 Symposium:  The Epistemology, Ethics, and Politics of Emergencies

The Editors of Reason Papers are soliciting submissions of manuscripts for a special symposium on emergencies (NOTE: extended deadline to May 1, 2014). Send submissions to [email protected]. Inquiries welcome.

Submissions may grapple with any of a wide variety of issues related to emergencies (not an exhaustive list): How is “emergency” to be defined?  How do we know when we enter/exit an emergency?  How should moral and legal norms be formulated so as to take stock of emergencies–if they should? Are moral norms defeasible in the face of emergencies, or specially contextualized so as to preserve their indefeasibility? Who has special authority for decision-making in an emergency? How best to guard against abuses of power or corruptions of norms in emergency situations?

We’re looking for submissions across the broadest spectrum of relevant disciplines–philosophy, political science, legal studies, history, sociology, anthropology, medicine, criminology/police studies, strategic/military studies, etc.

Current and Forthcoming Symposia

June 2013: Perspectives on Jason Brennan’s The Ethics of Voting (Princeton University Press, 2011).
Contributors include Bryan Caplan (George Mason University), Joshua Hall (Beloit College), Randall Holcombe (Florida State University), Daniel Klein (George Mason University), and Ezequiel Spector (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella), with a response by Jason Brennan (Georgetown University).

June 2013: Ayn Rand on Punishment
Contributors include David Boonin (University of Colorado, Boulder) and Irfan Khawaja (Felician College).

April 2014: Robert Talisse’s Democracy and Moral Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 2009).
Contributors to include Joseph Biehl (Felician College) and Chris Herrera (Montclair State University), with a response by Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt University).

April 2014:  Waco: Twenty Years Later
Contributors to include Michael Barkun (Maxwell School, Syracuse University, author of Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America), Jayne Seminare Docherty (Eastern Mennonite University, author of Learning Lessons from Waco: When the Parties Bring their Gods to the Negotiation Table), David Kopel and Paul Blackman (The Independence Institute; authors of No More Wacos: What’s Wrong with Federal Law Enforcement and How to Fix It), Dick Reavis (North Carolina State University; author of The Ashes of Waco: An Investigation); and Irfan Khawaja (Felician College).

December 2014: The Epistemology, Ethics, and Politics of Emergencies
Contributors TBA.

Forthcoming, 2015: David Kaspar’s Intuitionism

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