Seminar 2017

This page is intended for students taking my seminar at Columbia 2017 - the details below are not yet confirmed

Fall 2016 –  –  Problems in Political Philosophy

Time & Location WJWH 600, : 6:20 PM - 9:30 PM 


The seminar is open to students who have a genuine interest in and - most importantly - some prior knowledge of modern analytical moral and political philosophy. It is not an introductory course.

The seminar will introduce students to several creative and influential contemporary writers in political philosophy. 
The term will divide into a sequence of blocks, two weeks each, each one dedicated to the work of one author. In the first session of each block we will discuss in class a recent paper or chapter published or still in draft by one of the authors, and chosen by him  or her. The author will be with us in the second week of the block, to discuss with us the work we studied the previous week.
Sessions without visitors will be about 2.5 to 3 hours long. Sessions in which we meet with one of our visitors will be over 3 hours long, with a short break in the middle (during which refreshments will be provided). The second part of the session will continue the discussion and is an integral and compulsory part of the seminar.
The authors to be studied are
Prof. Miranda Fricker (The Graduate Center,  CUNY)
Prof. Johann Frick (Princeton)
Prof. Anna Stilz (Princeton)
Prof. Mathias Risse (Harvard)
Prof. Adam Hosein (Colorado)
Prof. Mollie Gerver (University of Newcastle, U.K.)

Assessment will be on the basis of three short papers (5-6 pages) by each student as well as on the basis of participation in class discussion. 

For the attention of auditors: Upon request I will consider allowing qualified and interested people to audit the seminar, provided they agree to regard themselves as full participants in all respects except that they are not allowed to submit written work, and are not awarded a grade. That means that they have to attend regularly, prepare for the sessions as required, and participate in class discussion.

Essay Deadlines:

First essay: to be submitted by Sunday 8th October
Second essay: by Sunday 5th November
Third essay: by Sunday 3rd December

In each case the deadline is midnight at the end of the day.

Deadlines will be strictly enforced, though students who feel a likely difficulty emerging, or are aware of any impediment to meeting the deadline, should get in touch with me as soon as possible and well in advance of the deadline, to discuss the possibility of a special arrangement.

The seminar is supported by The John Dewey Lectureship Fund in the School of Law