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News: *IPSA RC31 (Research Committee on Political Philosophy)* *Second Conference* *July 13-17, 2011, Sydney, Australia

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*IPSA RC31 (Research Committee on Political Philosophy)* *Second Conference* *July 13-17, 2011, Sydney, Australia 

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The modern era is notable for its emphasis on justice as the idée-clefof political philosophy. Justice has always been the primary virtue ofsocial institutions. Over the last forty years, under the prompting ofJohn Rawls, it has become more pervasive than ever. Does the moral pluralism of modern societies of itself impose a thin,formal conception of the good society? Does modern pluralism directlypreclude some more substantive normative basis for politics? Canpolitical philosophy do no more than identify fair terms of cooperationthat accommodate each individual’s pursuit of his or her specificconception of the good life? Is such a formal conception of the goodsociety adequate? Can it motivate moral behavior? Is it too elusive toguide actual decisions? This broad, modern debate touches on the central problem of articulatingjustice so as to (a) embrace the fact of modern plurality, without (b)falling into an abstract idealism far removed from the concrete,practical contexts in which justice must apply. The Research Committee on Political Philosophy (RC31) of The/International Political Science Association/ (IPSA) seeks to contendwith this difficulty by relating justice to the main ideas underpinningmodern society: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity - in the language of1789. ‘Fraternity’ is today more commonly formulated as ‘solidarity’ or‘community’, and earlier, among the Ancients, as ‘friendship’ (philia,amicitia, agape, caritas, eros, etc.). IPSA RC31 is sponsoring a cycle of three conferences: The *First* (2010) was held in Jena, Germany on the relation of justiceto liberty. The *Second* (2011) is being held in *Sydney*, Australia on *Justice andEquality* (13-17 July). The Sydney conference is hosted by MacquarieUniversity and jointly sponsored by Macquarie and Sydney Universities.It is also backed by _CRISPP_ (_Critical Review of International Social& Political Philosophy_) and _The Journal of_ _Political Philosophy_. The *Third* (2012) conference will attend to questions of Justice andFraternity. Proposals are now invited for the *SYDNEY* conference. All papers shouldattend to the relation of justice to equality, whether the approach isnormative or empirical, analytical or historical. Please send a preliminary *abstract* of no more than *one page, *and nolater* *than *1 November, 2010* to Prof. Preston Kingpking@morehouse.edu <mailto:pking@morehouse.edu>, Chair of RC31, and tothe local organizer, Prof. Stephanie Lawson Stephanie.lawson@mq.edu.au<mailto:Stephanie.lawson@mq.edu.au>

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