Approaches to Political Philosophy - Colloquium Series

Colloquium Series

Colloquium Series "Approaches to Political Philosophy"

With what kinds of topics do political philosophers and theorists engage? What kinds of questions do they raise? And how do they go about answering these questions?


These and further questions will be at the center of the Colloquium Series “Approaches to Political Philosophy.” Its guiding aim is to provide junior researchers and graduate students of the University of Zurich and beyond with an opportunity to learn about and critically discuss available approaches to political philosophy. It should also serve as a way for all participants to gain new insights about how to best approach their own research.


Different existing approaches, their assumptions, their understanding of the role of political philosophy and political theory, their compatibility with other approaches, and their advantages and limitations will be at the center of conversations focusing on the work of four advanced scholars.


April 29, 2021

Laura Valentini, Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich
May 13, 2021 Joseph H. Carens, University of Toronto
May 20, 2021 Ian Shapiro, Yale University
May 27, 2021 Sally Haslanger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The four two-hour sessions will take place online from 4-6 pm (Zurich time).

The sessions will be based on pre-read texts selected and authored by the speakers. The texts will be circulated in advance to all participants in form of a reader.

Priority will be given to junior researchers (doctoral and postdoctoral) in political philosophy and neighboring disciplines from the University of Zurich as well as other Swiss universities, but we also welcome applications from other researchers and graduate students.


About the Organizers

This colloquium series is organized by Friedemann Bieber, Alice el-Wakil and Chiara Valsangiacomo with the institutional support of Prof. Dr. Francis Cheneval, Chair of Political Philosophy.


The organizers gratefully acknowledge the generous funding of the Graduate Campus of the University of Zurich.