Permanent Seminar on Political Theory – Pavia
May 8 2014, 2pm:  Nahshon Perez (Bar-Ilan University) – “Tradition, Religion and Normativity: the Complex Case of the Women of the Wall”
May 13 2014, 4pm: Mario Ricciardi (UniversitĂ  di Milano) – TBA
June 10 2014, 4pm: Kimberly Brownlee (University of Warwick) – “Freedom of Association: It’s Not What You Think”
July 15 2014, 4pm: David Sobel (Syracuse University) – “Why Subjectivism?”
The seminar will take place in The Sala CASIP “Mario Stoppino” – Department of Political and Social Sciences, Pavia University, Corso Strada Nuova 65. For more information on the seminar: http://www-3.unipv.it/webdsps/en/

Workshop “Perspectives on Agency and Participation”, IUSS Pavia, May 15-16, 2014

The workshop aims at offering an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of different views of agency and of its implications for issues of individual and collective participation. The current debate on these topics appears to be fragmented. The goal of the workshop is to bridge interdisciplinary divisions and to provide space for a fertile sharing of perspectives, which allows a better comprehension of how different ideas of agency and participation may inform the debate on justice, democracy, equality, responsibility, and sustainability.
Workshop program:

May 26 – 27, 2014 – Conference –  “Dignity, Respect, and Self-respect. Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary Perspectives” Department of History Culture Civilization, University of Bologna
Conference program: http://feedingrespect.wordpress.com/

 Graduate seminar(Pavia, Dipartimento Studi Umanistici, Aula C)  Requested Readings: TBA  – Paper mandatory –
23.9, 11-17.    L. Fonnesu, Classical Texts: Kant, Critique of Practical Reason; V. Ottonelli, Problems of Democracy
30.9, 11-17.   V. Ottonelli, Problems of Democracy ; L. Fonnesu, Classical Texts: Kant, Critique of Practical Reason
7.10, 11-17.   V. Ottonelli, Problems of Democracy : L. Fonnesu, Classical Texts: Kant, Critique of Practical Reason
14.10, 11-17.  L. Fonnesu, Classical Texts: Kant, Critique of Practical Reason; V. Ottonelli, Problems of Democracy
4.XI,  11-17.   M. Mori, Ethics and Applied Ethics
11.XI,11-17.   M. Mori, Ethics and Applied Ethics
21.XI, 11-17.  R. Sala, Tolerance and Multiculturalism
28.XI, 11-17.  R. Sala, Tolerance and Multiculturalism

 First Collegio Ghislieri Graduate Conference in History of Philosophy 9th and 10th September 2014 (Pavia, Collegio Ghislieri)
On the 9th and 10th of September 2014, the Collegio Ghislieri, under the joint patronage of FINO, will host the first edition of the Graduate Conference in History of Philosophy. This two-day conference is meant to offer graduate students an opportunity to present papers, get helpful feedback in a friendly atmosphere, and exchange ideas both with peers and with leading academics in the field of history of philosophy.
KNS: Prof. Maria Rosa Antognazza (King’s College London)
KNS: Prof. Emilio Mazza (IULM – Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione, Milano)

12th Pavia Graduate Conference in Political Philosophy  (Pavia) Department of Political and Social Sciences-18th and 19th September 2014 

On the 18th and 19th of September 2014, the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Pavia (Italy), under the joint patronage of FINO, the Italian Society for Political Philosophy, and the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy, will host the twelfth edition of the Pavia Graduate Conference in Political Philosophy. This two-day conference is meant to offer graduate students an opportunity to present papers, get helpful feedback in a friendly atmosphere, and exchange ideas both with peers and with leading academics in the field of political philosophy. In addition to parallel sessions devoted to students’ presentations, there will also be two plenary sessions. Plenary speakers in past editions have been: Hillel Steiner, Anna Elisabetta Galeotti, Peter Jones, Gianfrancesco Zanetti, Jonathan Wolff, Michele Nicoletti, Philippe Van Parijs, Sebastiano Maffettone, Giovanni Giorgini, Andrew Williams, David Miller, Alessandro Ferrara, Valeria Ottonelli, Adam Swift, Gerald Gaus, Serena Olsaretti, Thomas M. Scanlon, Philip Pettit.
KNS: Carla Bagnoli (UniversitĂ  degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia)
KNS: Thomas Christiano (University of Arizona)

Graduate seminar in political philosophy, coordinated with the PhD Program in Political Study of Milan University
The course is organized in a series of seminars concerning  various themes of political philosophy that are the forefront of contemporary discussion.

The course comprises of ten meetings with presentations by  distinguished scholars. The topics covered are: Arrow’s theorem and its implication for democratic theory of democracy; global justice; realism and constructivism in moral theory; the risks of the inflation of political concepts; trade off; pluralism; liberalism and multiculturalism; animal rights; theories of democracy; democratization; justice and luck. Each meeting is divided in two parts: first, students are introduced to the topic at hand and the major problems and possible resolutions are explained with reference to articles and texts suggested in advance. Second, students are to discuss the presented topic and problems. For this reason, participants are expected to read the required material before each lecture in order to be able to actively participate in the discussion.

Venues: the first nine meetings will take place in Milan, Graduate School of Political and Social Science, Via Pace 10, Milano. The last lecture will take place in Pavia, Dept. of Political and Social Science.

  • Giulia Bistagnino (UniversitĂ  degli Studi di Milano) Topic: Realism and Constructivism in Moral Theory
  • Ian Carter (UniversitĂ  degli Studi di Pavia) Topic: Normative Analysis and Conceptual Inflation
  • Elena Granaglia (UniversitĂ  Roma Tre) Topic: Trade off as a Methodological Tool
  • Emanuela Ceva (UniversitĂ  degli Studi di Pavia) Topic: The Politics of Pluralism
  • Roberta Sala (UniversitĂ  Vita-Salute San Raffaele) Topic: Liberalism and Multiculturalism: Topics, Problems, Questions
  • Federico Zuolo (UniversitĂ  degli Studi di Pavia) Topic: Are Non-human Animals Citizens?
  • Valeria Ottonelli (UniversitĂ  degli Studi di Genova) Topic: Theories of Democracy: Topics, Problems, Questions
  • Francesca Pasquali (UniversitĂ  degli Studi di Milano) Topic: Democratization: Empirical Impasses and Normative Neglect
  •  Nicola Riva (UniversitĂ  degli Studi di Milano) Topic: Justice and Luck
  •  Enrico Biale (UniversitĂ  del Piemonte Orientale) Topic: Arrow’s Theorem and Political Theory

Requested Readings: Kenneth J. Arrow, Social Choice and Individual Values, Yale: Yale University Press, 1951 (cap.1,2,3). William H. Riker, Liberalism Against Populism: A Confrontation Between the Theory of Democracy and the Theory of Social Justice, Waveland Press, Incorporated, 1982 (cap. 5).


We are pleased to announce the first edition of FILPRA UNIGE, a yearly Seminar on Practical Philosophy taking place at University of Genoa under the scientific direction of Angelo Campodonico. The members of the organizing committee are: Michel Croce (University of Genoa), Riccardo Fanciullacci (University of Venice), Maria Silvia Vaccarezza (University of Genoa).

The 2014-2015 edition of the seminar will focus on the topic of “Action and social bond”. The first meetings will deal with Hannah Arendt’s Vita Activa. On the 1st of December at 3pm in Via Balbi 4 (2nd floor) Riccardo Fanciullacci will discuss the first three chapters of Arendt’s book and explain the broad aims of the seminar.

UniversitĂ  di Pavia   Thursday, January,  29th, 2015, h. 11-17, and Friday, January,  30th, 2015, h. 11-17   Michele Bocchiola (Luiss), Value Objectivity. Between Disagreement and Pluralism   Chiara Testino (Pavia), Toleration and Public Justification   __________________________________________________________________________________________________   UniversitĂ  di Pavia Dipartimento di Studi umanistici, Piazza Botta 6     Tommaso Piazza, Introduzione all’etica della credenza, aula C   Thursday, June 18  h. 16-18 Friday, June 19 h. 11-13   Giuliana Mancuso, La conoscenza morale. Tre lezioni sull’intuizione morale: concezioni razionalistiche e sentimentalistiche a confronto   Monday, June 22 , h. 11-13, aula A Tuesday, June 23, h. 11-13 & 15-17,  aula B ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

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)
All plenary and parallel sessions will take place at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Pavia, Corso Strada Nuova 65
9.30-11  Plenary Session (Aula Grande) Chair: Emanuela Ceva
Fabienne Peter (University of Warwick) Why Public Reason?
1. G.A. Cohen on Equality (Sala CASIP) Chair: Piet Goemans:
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 (Aula Grande) Chair: Francesca Guma
Maria Popkovacheva-Terzieva (Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”) Emotions Could Play a Constructive Role in Political Change;
Antonio Alberti (UniversitĂ  di Milano) Selecting Feasibility Constraints: the Circularity of Normative Criteria
3. Respect and Toleration (Aula Grande) Chair: Luca Costa
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
Mirjam Anna Muller (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
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
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
Jacopo Marchetti (Università di Firenze/Università di Pisa) Politics as Exchange of Individual Claims. In-Between “Biopolitics” and “Rule of Law”
Carlo Burelli (UniversitĂ  di Milano) No Rest for the Wicked. What Conflict is and why it is Inevitable
8. Justice and Sovereignty (Sala CASIP) Chair: Luca Costa
Simon Beard (London School of Economics and Political Science) What is Bad about Bad Brute Luck? – an Intergenerational Puzzle
Olga Bashkina (KU Leuven) Leibniz on Divided Sovereignty
9. Egalitarianism and Moral Equality (Aula Grande) Chair: Francesca Guma
Li Man Kong (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
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
11. Plenary Session (Aula Grande) Chair: Ian Carter
Furio Cerutti (Università di Firenze)  The shifting time structure of politics

Nuove frontiere della cittĂ : spazi, diversitĂ , conflitti

Oct. 2  2015 Sponsors: Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, UniversitĂ  del Piemonte Orientale (ESF- Start up Grant “URBANITAS”, Compagnia di San Paolo, Torino) – Conference venue: Aula A1 “Sala delle Colonne” (ex ospedaletto, Vercelli).
10.30 – 11.00  Enrico Biale (Università del Piemonte Orientale) & Federica Liveriero (Università del Piemonte Orientale), Presentazione sintetica dei risultati del progetto Urbanitas  11.00 –12.00 Antonella Besussi (Università di Milano), Disaccordo e tolleranza
12.00 – 13.00 Elena Pulcini (Università di Firenze), Ospitalità e riconoscimento
13.00 – 14.30 Pausa Pranzo
14.30 – 15.30  Anna Loretoni (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna), Fenomenologie dello spazio pubblico
15.30 – 16.30  Anna Elisabetta Galeotti (Università del Piemonte Orientale), Conflitti culturali: che cosa è effettivamente in gioco?
16.30 Chiusura dei lavori

Il consenso informato: luci e ombre nella pratica clinica organized byi Maurizio Mori e Claudio Rabbia
Saturday, October 10, 2015 Aula Magna della Cavallerizza Reale    Via Verdi, 9 – 10124 Torino

BioEthics Seminars – Moral Philosophy 2015-16 Tuesday, Oct. 20 2015, h. 14-16, piazza Botta 6, Pavia. aula B,


  • Oct 21 2015  Roberta Sala (UniversitĂ  Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano), Modus vivendi e il problema della stabilitĂ 
  • Nov 11 2015  Francesco Ghia (UniversitĂ  di Trento), La questione della canonizzazione delle norme tra Franz Overbeck e Max Weber
  • Dec 16 2015  Eszter Kollar (Goethe University Frankfurt), The Site of (In)Justice Between Institutions, Social Norms and Structure
  • Jan 13 2016  Massimo Renzo (King’s College, London), Intervento umanitario e autodeterminazione politica
  • Feb 3 2016   Valentina Gentile (Luiss Roma), Uguaglianza liberale e libertĂ  di religione: un riesame
  • Mar 30 2016   Lisa Bortolotti (University of Birmingham), Credenze irrazionali ma utili
  • Apr 20 2016  Silvia Salardi (UniversitĂ  di Milano-Bicocca), “Natura umana” e linguaggio giuridico delle discriminazioni
  • May 11 2016  Ilario Belloni (UniversitĂ  di Pisa), Comunicarsi giustizia: istanze linguisticonormative e modelli ordinamentali
  • Jun 15 2016   Matteo Bonotti (Cardiff University), Ragione pubblica e sistemi elettorali
  • Venue: Collegio Giasone del Maino di Pavia Time: 17:30
  • Collegio Giasone del Maino, via Luino 4, Pavia, tel. 0382.376511


The concept of obligation / Il concetto di obbligo  Pavia, 30.10.2015-30.11.2015 (Languages: English and Italian). Every thursday and Friday 9-11: 15-18 – in Pavia.

Moral Obligation
Luca Fonnesu  The conceptual constellatíon of obligation and duty
Filippo Magni Moral oblĂ­gatĂ­on and future generations
Luisella Battaglia Obblighi morali, responsabilitĂ  ed etica applĂ­cata

Political Obligation
Anna Elisabetta Galeotti
1. Conceptual analysis of political obligation ( Hanna Pitkin “Obligation and Consent”, in Philosophy, Politics and Society, Blackwell, Oxford 1972) The article shows that what looks like the most promising theory of PO both concerning its origin and its justification, i.e. consent, is actually theoretically and conceptually muddled: Which consent of Whom is supposed to found PO?
2. How political obligation works: (Raz “Authority and Justification”) The issue is how political obligation determines practical reasoning and deliberation of citizens: exclusory or orverriding reasons?
3. Alternatives to consent as the justification of political obligation: a. natural duty (Rawls) b. fair-play principle (Simmons) c. critics of fair-play (Klosko)
Emanuela Ceva
1. The anarchist challenge to political obligation (extracts from R.P. Wolf, In Defense of Anarchy). The text revolves around the vexed question of whether a responsible agent may have a duty to obey an external authority without ipso facto compromising her autonomy.
2. Is political obligation content-independent? 2.a ls there a duty to obey unjust laws? (David Lefkowítz, “On a Moral Right to Civil Disobedience”, E thics 117 (2007): 202-33.)  2.b Does political obligation trump an individual’s moral obligations? (Emanuela Ceva, “Political Justificationt hrough Democratic Partícípation: The Case for Conscientious Objection”, Social Theory and Practice, 41 (2015): 26-50)
Background readings R. Dworkin, Taking Rights Seriously (Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 1978), chapter 8;  J. Rawls, A Theory of Justice (Oxford: Clarendon Press, I97l), chapter VI; J. Raz, The Authority of Law (Oxford: Clarendon Press, I979), chapter 15.



Seminars of Bioethics and Moral Philosophy 2015-16  Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Sezione di Filosofia, Piazza Botta 6, Pavia
Thursday Dec. 3  h 11.00-13,00, Aula B PIERGIORGIO DONATELLI (UniversitĂ  di Roma “La Sapienza”) L’ETICA E LA VITA ORDINARIA


Seminari Filosofici del Maino  March 30 2016, 5:30pm, Sala Seminari del Collegio Giasone del Maino, via Luino 4 (Pavia)
Lisa Bortolotti (University of Birmingham):  Credenze irrazionali ma utili


14th Pavia Graduate Conference in Political Philosophy  13th and 14th September 2016
See the program at: http://www-4.unipv.it/paviagc/?page_id=12