Methods and Approaches in Normative Political Theory/Philosophy Summer School
University of Limerick, Ireland, July 4-15, 2016

The University of Limerick will host a Summer School on Methods and Approaches in Normative Political Theory/Philosophy, sponsored by the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).

The summer school is co-organised by the ECPR Standing Group in Political Theory, the ECPR Standing Group in Kantian Political Thought, and the Social Justice and Public Ethics Research Cluster at the University of Limerick. It is primarily aimed at graduate students and postdoctoral researchers working in the fields of moral and political philosophy/theory and it gives them a unique opportunity to exchange research and teaching ideas with colleagues from other universities and research institutes.

Ten taught sessions over two weeks will be led by international experts. There will also be student presentations, social events, and opportunities to explore the surrounding tourist attractions (e.g. the Cliffs of Moher).

Deadline for application/registration:  June 20th, 2016. To apply please submit your CV and a brief statement of interest by the deadline to either or Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until June 20th when the registration closes.

Cost: €670. This includes the delegate fee, 12 nights en-suite bed and breakfast accommodation on campus, lunches, one formal dinner, and a weekend trip. Please contact the organisers for alternative options.

The confirmed instructors and topics for this year are:

Arthur Ripstein (University of Toronto), Private and Public Law in Kant
Gopal Sreenivasan (Duke University), Public Goods, Human Rights and Third Party Benefits
Jessica Begon (Oxford University), Disability, Impairment and Inclusion in Philosophy
Carl Fox (University of Leeds), Public Reason in Political Theory
Stephanie Collins (University of Manchester), Collective and Individual Duties
Peter Stone (Trinity College Dublin), Intuition Pumps
Alexa Zellentin (University College Dublin), Climate Justice Between Ideals, Ambition, and Realism
Brian Carey (University of Limerick), Ideal and Non-Ideal Theory: A Status Report
Adina Preda (University of Limerick), Rights and their Role in Morality
Andrew Shorten (University of Limerick), Representation and Democracy


Venue: The University of Limerick is situated on a superb riverside campus of over 133 hectares with the river Shannon as a unifying focal point. More information about the campus is available here. The University is situated only 25km from Shannon International Airport, making it accessible direct from a range of European destinations and worldwide through the hub of London Heathrow.


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