The Future of Republicanism
The revival of civic republican political philosophy has seen the emergence of distinct and often antagonistic tendencies within republican thought. As research on republicanism has blossomed, little time has been devoted to considering what unites republican political philosophy beyond a commitment to the wrong of domination. Similarly, there has been a lack of sustained attention to how different republican approaches to social, political, and economic philosophy cohere or conflict with one another. We believe a reckoning is due.
Our aim in this conference is to clarify the divisions within republican political philosophy and ask which forms of republicanism, if any, are best placed to provide solutions to contemporary political and philosophical problems. Should republicans align themselves with liberal egalitarianism, critical theory, or insist on developing an independent republican tradition? Ought republicans endorse cultural or structural conceptions of domination? Must civic republicanism be an elitist tradition or can republicans embrace popular democratic participation in politics? How sympathetic should republican political philosophers be to the market economy, universal basic income, workplace democracy, or post-capitalism?
Keynote presentations will be given by Prof. Cécile Laborde and Prof. Philip Pettit.
The conference is supported by the Mind Association, the Society of Applied Philosophy, and the Department of Politics at the University of York.