12th Graduate Conference

in Political Philosophy

18-19 September 2014


Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Pavia

Sponsored by

North-West Italy Ph.D. Philosophy Consortium (FINO)

(Compagnia di S. Paolo, Torino).


Under the joint patronage of the Italian Society for Political Philosophy (SIFP) and the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy (SIFA)




Plenary Session (Aula Grande)

Chair: Ian Carter (Università di Pavia)

Carla Bagnoli (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia), Gaslighting: The Case of Epistemic Oppression


1.   Models of Democracy (Aula Grande)

Chair: Chiara Testino (Università di Pavia)

Jelena Belic (Central European University), Fusing Galaxy of Countable Possibilities: The Principle of Affectedness and Political Equality

Michael Bennett (University of York), Instrumental and Epistemic Benefits of Deliberation

2. G.A. Cohen on Socialism (Sala CASIP)

Chair: Federico Zuolo (Università di Pavia)

Alfred Archer (University of Edinburgh), Community, Pluralism and Individualistic Pursuits: A Defence of Why Not Socialism?

Thomas Parr (University of Warwick), Citizenship and Freedom of Occupational Choice


3.Equality, Property and Power (Aula Grande)

Chair: Pamela Pansardi (Università di Pavia)

Jack Holme (University of Manchester), Freedom, Equality, Property: A Three Dimensional Account

Katy Wells (University of Oxford), Egalitarianism, Economic Control, and the Ownership of the Means of Production

4. Methodological Issues (Sala CASIP)

Chair: Marianna Bindi (Università di Pavia)

Luca Costa (FINO/Università di Genova), Are We Rule-Following Punishers?

Greta Favara (Università di Milano), Abstraction and Idealization: An Irrelevant and Misguiding Methodological Divide


5. Democratic Theory (Aula Grande)

Chair: Francesco Chiesa (University of South Wales/Università di Pavia)

Pierre-Etienne Vandamme (Université de Louvain), The Justificatory Vote. Reconciling Vote and Deliberation

Christine Hobden (Nuffield College, University of Oxford), Democracies, Their Citizens, and Global Justice

Svenja Ahlhaus (University of Hamburg), The Boundary Problem of the Demos

6. Rights and Duties (Sala CASIP)

Chair: Selina O’Doherty (University of South Wales/Università di Milano)

Piet Goemans (FINO/Università di Pavia), Political Liberalism and Group Rights

Nicolás Brando (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona), How Stringent is our Duty to Reduce Global Poverty?



7. Justice and its Limits (Aula Grande)

Chair: Chiara Testino (Università di Pavia)

Isabella Trifan (University of Bucharest), Parental Justice: Fairness and Intentionality

Annemarije Hagen (FINO), Can Secularism Be Neutral? A Critical Examination of Religious Neutrality

8. Non-Ideal Theory and Path-Dependence (Sala CASIP)

Chair: Federico Zuolo (Università di Pavia)

Ali Emre Benli (LUISS, Roma), Problem of Authority: Theorizing Justice and Guiding Public Policy

Christopher Bennett (University of Warwick), Path-Dependence and Rawls’ s Just Savings Principle


Plenary Session (Aula Grande)

Chair: Emanuela Ceva (Università di Pavia)

Thomas Christiano (University of Arizona), Democracy, Migration and International Institutions