13th Pavia Graduate Conference

in Political Philosophy

8-9 September 2015


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: Emanuela Ceva (Università di Pavia)

Fabienne Peter (University of Warwick), Why Public Reason?


1. G.A. Cohen on Equality (Aula Grande)

Chair: Marianna Bindi (Università di Pavia)

Christopher Marshall (London School of Economics and Political Science), Why Equality Demands Egalitarian Occupational Choice but not Forced Labour

Zlata Bozac (Central European University), Efficiency, Freedom and Equality: Is There a Way Out of the Egalitarian Trilemma?

2. Methodological Issues (Sala CASIP)

Chair: Francesca Guma (FINO/Università di Pavia)

Maria Popkovacheva-Terzieva (Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”), Emotions Play a Vital Role in All Political Processes

Antonio Alberti (Università di Milano), Selecting Feasibility Constraints: The Circularity of Normative Criteria


3. Respect and Toleration (Aula Grande)

Chair: Luca Costa (FINO/Università di Genova)

Nemanja Todorovic (Central European University), Respect for Persons and the Restricted Use of Religious Reasons in Public Justification

Armin Khameh (University of Sheffield), Equality and the Moral Failure of Toleration

4. Domination (Sala CASIP)

Chair: Francesca Guma (FINO/Università di Pavia)

Mirjam Anna Müller (Humboldt University Berlin), Taking Vulnerability Seriously – A Critique of Vrousalis’ Power-Based Account of Exploitation

Stefania Lio (Università di Firenze/Università di Pisa), Freedom as Non-Domination, Social Justice and Equality: A Critique of Philip Pettit’s Theory


5. Public Justification (Aula Grande)

Chair: Maria Paola Ferretti (Technische Universität Darmstadt/ Università di Pavia)

Anthony Taylor (University of Oxford), A Sketch of an Argument for a Reasonable Acceptability Requirement

Giulio Fornaroli (University College London), Reasonableness within Political Liberalism: Why it Cannot Serve as a Politically Binding Distinction

6. Consent and Political Legitimacy (Sala CASIP)

Chair: Jens Steffek (Technische Universität Darmstadt/ Università di Pavia)

Irene Vanini (Università di Milano/University of Sheffield), Taking Modus Vivendi Seriously: Against McCabe’s Principled Endorsement

Kin-Wai Leung (Central European University), A Consent Theory of Political Authority without Voluntariness

Matthias Brinkmann (University of Oxford), Do Intentions Matter for Political Legitimacy



7. The Nature of Politics (Aula Grande)

Chair: Piet Goemans (FINO/Università di Pavia)

Jacopo Marchetti (Università di Firenze/Università di Pisa), Politics as Exchange of Individual Claims. In-Between “Biopolitics” and “Rule of Law”

Carlo Burelli (Università di Milano), No Rest for the Wicked. What Conflict is and Why it is Inevitable

8. Justice and Sovereignty (Sala CASIP)

Chair: Luca Costa (FINO/Università di Genova)

Simon Beard (London School of Economics and Political Science), What is Bad about Bad Brute Luck? – An Intergenerational Puzzle

Olga Bashkina (KU Leuven), Leibniz’ Theory of Divided Sovereignty


9. Egalitarianism and Moral Equality (Aula Grande)

Chair: Francesca Guma (FINO/Università di Pavia)

Man Kong Li (Central European University), From Equal Moral Standing to Equal Vote: A Defence

Michał Zabdyr-Jamróz (Jagiellonian University, Kraków), Compassion behind the Veil of Ignorance: Is Solidarity Possible in the Original Position?

10. Pluralism and Civic Virtue (Sala CASIP)

Chair: Piet Goemans (FINO/Università di Pavia)

Elena Ziliotti (King’s College London/University of Singapore), Is Deliberative Democracy Bad for Multiculturalism?

Frodo Podschwadek (University of Glasgow), How Playing Violent Video Games Can Make Us Better Citizens


Plenary Session (Aula Grande)

Chair: Ian Carter (Università di Pavia)

Furio Cerutti (Università di Firenze), The Shifting Time Structure of Politics