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Martha Nussbaum, 'Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism' in For Love of Country (Beacon Press, 2002)

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Conference: Justice, Culture and Tradition

June Conference on the work of Michael Walzer...

"Justice, Culture and Tradition" Conference
June 2-4, 2008,
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, has written extensively on a variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy. His most acclaimed work to date, "Just and Unjust Wars" (1977), is the classic contemporary text on the morality of war. To recognize Walzer's contributions to the ethical and political philosophy of the twentieth century, a conference titled "Justice, Culture and Tradition" will take place June 2-4, 2008, at the Institute for Advanced Study.
The academic committee of the conference includes Yitzhak Benbaji (Bar-IlanUniversity, Shalom Hartman Institute), Amy Gutmann (the University of Pennsylvania), and Avishai Margalit (IAS).
The Conference will consider the following questions:
* How should liberalism treat cultures, cultural diversity and cultural identities?
* How should the just society distribute resources and the goods social life produces?
* When is waging war justified? What is the meaning of national self-defense and how is it related to self-defense in the domestic realm?
* Is an international system constituted from fully sovereign states justified, or should the international society be federalized?
Conference speakers include: Charles R. Beitz, Yitzhak Benbaji, Pierre Birnbaum, Mitchell Cohen, Michael Doyle, Ruth Gavison, Amy Gutmann, Moshe Halbertal, Axel Honneth, George Kateb, Will Kymlicka, Jacob T. Levy, Menachem Lorberbaum, Avishai Margalit, Jeff McMahan, Susan Neiman, David Novak, Brian Orend, Martin Peretz, Nancy L. Rosenblum, Michael J. Sandel, Thomas Scanlon, Haim Shapira, Charles Taylor, Georgia Warnke, Leon Wieseltier, and Noam J. Zohar.
Michael Walzer will attend and comment on the papers presented.
For more information, conference agenda, and to register your attendance, please go to "Justice, Culture and Tradition" Conference. All sessions are free and open to the
public, and seating is on a first come, first served basis.
Organized by Professor Yitzhak Benbaji of Bar-Ilan University and Shalom Hartman Institute, this conference was made possible by the generous support of the following:
* Fritz Thyssen Stiftung
* Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
* Institute for Advanced Study
* Shalom Hartman Institute
* YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
* Bar-Ilan University, Faculty of Law
* Heinrich Boell Foundation

--------To attend this conference, or for further information regarding this conference, please email Danielle Candy (dcandy@cceia.org), or call her at 212-838-4120, ext. 259.

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