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Congratulations once again on your recent presentation at the 34th Annual International Social Philosophy Conference at Loyola University Chicago.  Papers presented at the conference are eligible for consideration for publication in Social Philosophy Today.


Although all the articles published in Social Philosophy Today are based on papers presented at the conference, the journal is not a proceedings volume. Only those articles recommended on the basis of peer review will be accepted for publication. Accordingly, all papers submitted should be prepared for blind review according to the guidelines below.




Manuscripts: Submission of a manuscript to Social Philosophy Today is understood to imply that the manuscript is not under consideration by any other journal and is offered to Social Philosophy Today for first publication.

Deadline for Submission has been extended to December 11, 2017.

Length: 6000-word limit

Title sheet: To facilitate anonymous review, the author should not be identified in the manuscript or the abstract, or in any electronic signature. Contact information, including name, institutional affiliation, and an e-mail address, must be submitted as an attachment on a separate title sheet.

Abstract: Papers must include an abstract of no more than 200 words placed at the beginning of the article.

File Type and Format: Manuscripts should be submitted as Word files. They should be double-spaced (including quotations, notes, and references), and the right margin should not be justified.

Endnote Style: We use the Chicago Manual of Style “notes and bibliography system” for endnotes, and request that authors use this in their submissions.  For more information seehttp://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

Bibliography: Please attach a bibliography to the paper. Very recently our publisher has requested this for all manuscripts for electronic citation purposes. For references use the University of Chicago style, e.g.,
Anderson, Elizabeth.  Value in Ethics and Economics.  Cambridge, Ma.: Harvard University Press, 1993.
Chamallas, Martha.  “Consent, Equality, and the Legal Control of Sexual Conduct.”  Southern California Law Review 61 (1987): 826-30.

In addition:
•Avoid 3-em-dashes or other replacements for the author’s name in multiple citations
•List author names in each citation

Rights & permissions: Authors of manuscripts accepted for publication are free to reuse their own articles in other publications they write or edit, and no further permission is required. We only require appropriate acknowledgement of the original publication of that item in Social Philosophy Today.  For more information see http://secure.pdcnet.org/socphiltoday/Rights-and-Permissions

Submission: Manuscripts and title sheets should be submitted as separate attachments to SPTeditor@northamericansocietyforsocialphilosophy.org no later than October 13, 2017.



NASSP Book Award

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Call for Nominations

Each year the North American Society for Social Philosophy (NASSP) honors the best book published in social philosophy during the previous year. The Book Award Committee invites you to nominate a book to compete for the award for 2016. (For the purposes of this award, a book’s eligibility is determined by the year of its copyright rather than by the year of its release.)

The Award will be conferred on a book published in 2016 that makes the most significant contribution to social philosophy. The field is to be construed broadly, to include social and political philosophy, philosophy of law, philosophy of social science, and social ethics. Excluded are anthologies, historical studies, and works on ethics that lack a distinctly social component and works on a social topic that lack a substantial philosophical component.

The Award is presented at the NASSP annual conference. The author and Book Award committee members participate in a panel discussion of the book. The comments and author response from the panel are published in Social Philosophy Today.

The deadline for nominations is no later than December 31, 2016.  Nominations (including self-nominations) should be submitted here:


For inquiries about the 2016 NASSP Book Award, please contact the Award Committee chairperson, Dr. Greg Hoskins, gregory.hoskins@villanova.edu.


New Editors for Social Philosophy Today

NASSP is pleased to announce that Joan Woolfrey and Zach Hoskins have been selected as co-editors for the Social Philosophy Today series.  We would like to thank Jeff Gauthier for editing for 6 years.  The series flourished under his leadership and he leaves a lasting legacy on NASSP.  Thank you, Jeff, Joan, and Zach!


The North American Society for Social Philosophy seeks a new editor or editorial team for the Social Philosophy Today series.  This is a limited term appointment with a single issue each year.  The Editor(s) works with the Philosophy Documentation Center to produce a peer-reviewed publication emerging from the annual conference.  The SPT volume is not a conference proceedings.  If you are interested in the position or in learning more, please fill out the volunteer form at http://www.northamericansocietyforsocialphilosophy.org/volunteer-opportunities/

The new editor or team will take over with Volume 33.  Deadline for nominations:  August 12.

IDEA – July 20th

The International Development Ethics Association (IDEA) will be hosting a one-day conference at Carleton University in advance of the International Social Philosophy Conference.  Please consider attending both!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Carleton University, River Building 3228, organized by the International Development Ethics Association


10:00-11:00 Holly Longair (Carleton University)
“The Deliberative Perfectionist Approach to Adaptive Preferences: Is David Crocker’s Deliberative Participation an Appropriate Framework?”

In her book Adaptive Preferences and Women’s Empowerment, Serene Khader argues for a
deliberative perfectionist approach to inappropriately adaptive preferences (IAP). In order to
ensure a context sensitive and cross-culturally appropriate application, she emphasises the use
of deliberation in both attempts to uncover IAPs and attempts to address them. However, what her
concept of deliberation entails is given minimal explanation, and relies heavily on David Crocker’s
concept of deliberative participation. This paper will explore whether or not the use of Crocker’s
concept is appropriate in the context of Khader’s deliberative perfectionist approach. Although it
appears to be the best of the options presented by Crocker, further development of the concept in
the context of IAPs is needed in order to make Khader’s approach effective and appropriate.


11:15-12:15 Susan Murphy (Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin)
“Challenging Hidden Hegemonies: Exploring the Links between Education, Gender Justice, and Sustainable Development Practice”

It is widely accepted that formal education is a critical foundation supporting the pathway to
sustainable development. As a central pillar on the international development agenda for many
decades, it remains a core goal in the 2030 framework for sustainable development. However, in
spite of substantial funding and attention from national and international agencies, delivering this
basic good to all has proved to be problematic, in particular for girls in rural areas in the lowest
income least developed locations. In this paper we unpack the complex drivers of educational
exclusion and non-progression of girls and female adolescents in rural Tanzania. Despite targeted
government policies, donor funding, and multiple development interventions, this area has
witnessed declining rates of academic progression for young girls over the past decade. From a
practical perspective, this contribution provides critical insights into the range factors that
influence educational attainments in a rural, developing country context. These include structural
and agent-based, gendered and non-gendered factors, both inside and outside of the classroom.

From a theoretical perspective, an examination of this case sheds light on the interconnection
between educational attainment, gender justice and sustainable development practices. It points to
the need for a more expansive account of gender justice that includes consideration of principles of
epistemic inclusion in addition to the traditional focus on matters of distribution. The case explores
not only the range of positional harms that can emerge through educational exclusion and nonprogression,
but also the non-positional benefits that can emerge through academic development
and epistemic inclusion and empowerment. Using this expansive account to evaluate the 2030
education framework for action highlights both gaps and opportunities for progress towards the
shared vision of transforming lives through education (Education 2030 Incheon Declaration) and
ensuring no one is left behind (2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development).

1:30-2:30 Arielle Stirling (Carleton University)
“Development as Racism: An Analysis of the Discourse of Global Poverty”

Postdevelopment ideology levels critiques against many aspects of development theory, including
questioning the motives of development from a historical perspective. Notions of poverty and
underdevelopment were constructed in a post-World War II global system heavily shaped by
power imbalance and assumptions of a prescribed path to improvement: industrialization,
modernization, urbanization, and capitalism. However, within these constructions and assumptions
lie similarities with the far more sinister and damaging discourse of race. Though development
discourse has never functioned as a monolithic force of subjugation, it is crucial to recognize both
the historical assumptions that ground the discourse and the legacy that these assumptions leave in
current incarnations of development practice. Making reference to Pablo Escobar’s archaeology of
development discourse and using Sally Haslanger, Marilyn Frye, and Michel Foucault’s
discussions of race, I argue that development thinking resembles racism because it marks people
for a certain type of treatment and fosters a corresponding perception of their abilities and place in
the world.


2:45-3:45 Jennifer Caseldine-Bracht (Manchester University)
“Applied Environmental Ethics: The Role of Community Engagement in Social Democracy and Environmental Sustainability”

In this paper, I will examine the work of Jane Addams and Iris Marion Young and their approach
to ethics. For instance, Dr. Young argued that if we shift our focus from blame to responsibility
then we will more likely provide motivation for people to work towards environmental
sustainability. We may still be responsible for the environment even if we are not individually
blameworthy for the problematic institutions and processes which contribute to environmental
degradation and environmental injustices. Jane Addams asks us to work in areas that already
interest people. She reminds us that we should never work to do good ‘for’ others, rather we
should work to do good ‘with’ them. Environmental sustainability is a notoriously wicked
problem. People are often pursuing their own private economic self-interest and collective
environmental problems are simply ignored or pushed to the wayside. Many people are often
suspicious of government regulation and it is not clear that there are individual solutions to some
major environmental policy problems. It is sometimes difficult to know where to start. Perhaps, by
following the lead of sympathetic understanding and democratic action proposed by Jane Addams,
along with a responsibility approach to environmental sustainability endorsed by Young, we can
find a path beyond the traditional classroom to engage with issues of environmental sustainability.
I recently became a Purdue certified master gardener through an extension program. I was told that
I was the first philosopher that ever joined that particular program. The Master Gardener Program
is an extension program through land grant colleges which helps gardeners by providing them with
a few months of intensive training in horticultural principles. The class is research based. Students
are admitted to the class for free, except for the cost of materials (which can be waived in some
circumstances). Students learn about plant science, plant nutrition, soil science, how to care for
trees, flowers and vegetable gardens. They also learn about critter control and integrative pest
management, along with principles of sustainability. Once students meet the requirements and pass
a test, they become official “Certified Master Gardeners” who then volunteer in their community
to retain their master gardener status. These certified master gardeners may volunteer in different
ways. They can answer gardening questions at the extension office, or provide gardening seminars
at home and garden shows or neighborhood association meetings. They often assist teachers with
school gardening programs, teach children how to plant trees, or grow their own school gardens, or
work in community gardens. This provides a unique opportunity for environmental ethicists to
engage with their community. Some people may join the program simply because they want to
learn how to keep their hydrangea plants alive. Environmental ethicists may join to learn
sustainability techniques. This is a space where conversations (along with actions) can occur,
which may spur a paradigm shift in the ways communities think about their environment.


4:00-5:00 Jay Drydyk (Carleton University)
“Sufficiency—What is Enough?”

A paradox surrounds the idea of sufficiency – enough for all – as a goal or requirement of justice.
What is attractive about the idea is its ability to mobilize widespread support on its own, not just as
a stepping stone towards some more robust form of equality. There is no other distributive norm
that enjoys support from a wider range of otherwise divergent perspectives, from high theories to
religions to folk moralities. More demanding ideas of equality do not enjoy such widespread

However, attempts to isolate sufficiency from equality may be self-defeating. When we demand
enough for all, what shall we say is enough? One approach is subjective: ‘enough’ means enough
that we are not dissatisfied with what we have. This approach is fraught with inconsistencies, due
to expensive tastes and adaptive preferences. The alternative proposed by Martha Nussbaum is that
‘enough’ means enough for a life compatible with equal human dignity. However, the most
capability-friendly interpretation of ‘equal human dignity’ does not condone any inequality in
valuable capabilities. Thus, in attempting to unpack ‘enough’ we find that nothing is enough, short
of equality.

The solution I propose starts from an idea of social capability. (1) Within each society, nothing is
enough, short of capability levels that could be produced for everyone by the social capability of
that society. (2) Global justice requires equalizing (upward) the social capabilities of different
societies. (3) Consideration must also be given to efficiency, to future generations, to human
empowerment, and to other species.


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Social Philosophy Today Call for Submissions

CALL FOR PAPERS   Congratulations once again on your recent presentation at the 34th Annual International Social Philosophy Conference at Loyola University Chicago.  Papers presented at the conference are eligible for consideration for publication in Social Philosophy Today.   Although all the articles published in Social Philosophy Today are based on papers presented …


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