The 1998 international conference was held at Madison Wisconsin from November 6-8. It was a very rewarding affair, superbly organized and hosted by Larry Dickey, Marion Smiley and Bernie Yack. Our concerns were ambitious. We had the task of analyzing the history and nature of the changing relationships between citizenship and comospolitanism from Ancient Greece to the present day in just six panels and a final roundtable. Yet the degree of success was enormous. It was quite remarkable how comprehensive the presentations in each session flowed directly and effortlessly into the subject matter of the next. All this, of course, is testimony to the quality of the papers, of the paper-givers, of the roundtable discussants and of the audience. But it all ultimately stemmed from the wisdom of our three organizers in putting the international program together and for hosting it in such a delightful way and in such settings as those offered by the town and university of Madison. It was a wonderful social occasion, too, culminating in a marvelous buffet dinner hosted by Marion and Bernie. It will be a very long time before any of us forget the great food, great wine, great conviviality and great music–the later supplied by our very own, enormously accomplished Jazz pianist (as well as novelist, raconteur, philosophe, etc., etc.) Steven Lukes.





Very soon after our CSPT meeting in Madison, our German colleagues (the members of the DGEPD) held a superb international symposium in Münster on "Politics and Peace." The theme commemorated the 350th anniversary of the peace of Westphalia (1648). The sessions drew very large audiences. They were framed by two public addresses: the opening talk was given by the NATO General-Secretary, Janvier Solana; the closing lecture was given by the Chairman of the German conservative party, the CDU, Wolfgang Schäuble. But most exciting and innovative, perhaps, was the general format of each of the sessions. Since the broad theme of the symposium concerned the prospects for European and world peace, the organizers, (Volker Gerhardt and Norbert Herold) assembled panels in which the paper-givers were very prominent, Central European academics and the commentators were the political editors of several of the most serious German language newspapers. The results of this mix of scholars, journalists and politicians were electrifying. The symposium was widely and very favorably reported in the German press. A brief outline of the program appears later in this Newsletter.

Our next CSPT international conference is being organized by Melvin Richter, with the aid of Isser Woloch and Peter Baehr, in conjunction with the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C. It will take place at Hunter College, City University of New York, from April 9-11, 1999. The program and other relevant information are printed a little later in the Newsletter. The broad theme is Bonapartism. As you will see, we have an immensely impressive cast of characters once again. Everything indicates that it will be another very memorable occasion and I look forward to welcoming as many old and new members of CSPT as can possibly make it to New York in the Spring.

The second international meeting for 1999 will take place in Yale, in conjunction with the Yale Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics, in early December. The theme will be "Enlightenment Legacies and Modern Ethical Dilemmas". We are all very grateful to Rogers Smith and Nancy Rosenblum for putting the program together and to Ian Shapiro for his unfailing graciousness and good offices. Full details of the program will be published in the next issue of the Newsletter.

All these references to the Newsletter bring me to a rather dull point, but a point of the utmost importance, nevertheless. Tim Fuller, Eve Grace and I are very grateful for the many positive comments we have received about our continuing efforts to increase the scope and usefulness of this Newsletter. But everything costs money and we are rapidly approaching a critical financial juncture. The solution is not difficult, however. The simple fact is that there is a very significant discrepancy between the number of the Newletters that we send to CSPT members and the number of subscriptions that we receive each year. If we can close this gap, we can continue expanding the Newsletter. So I have a very urgent request to make of everyone. When you receive this Newsletter, could you please pay your 1999 annual dues of $30, $18, or $12 or goodness forbid, write a note to Sharon Snowiss saying that you are no longer interested in CSPT activities? The payment of membership dues will help us enormously in our financial planning. I am sure you will agree that CSPT has achieved an enormous amount over the past 30 years and that it is important for us to build upon these achievements and to extend CSPT’s activities in the future. Thank you for continuing your support.

I wish everyone a very successful 1999.

Martyn P. Thompson, Tulane






November 6-8 1998

This Conference for the Study of Political Thought event was sponsored by The Political Philosophy Colloquium, European Studies, Global Studies Program, the International Institute, and the University of Wisconsin departments of History and Political Science.



Panel 1: Classical Perspectives


Andrew Wolpert ( U of Wisconsin)


Why Socrates Stayed

Fonna Dubin (Chicago)

The Polis, Globalization and the Citizenship of Place

Peter Euben ( UC Santa Cruz)

Jerusalem, Athens, and the Origins of Cosmopolitanism

Paul Rahe (Tulsa)


J.G.A. Pocock (Johns Hopkins)


Panel 2: Cosmopolitanism in the Early Modern World


Steven Pincus (Chicago)


The Idea and Practice of Cosmopolitanism in Early Modern Europe

Daniel Gordon (U Mass. Amherst)

Pierre Bayle on Cosmopolitanism and Citizenship in the Republic of Letters

Chris Laursen (UC Riverside)


Martyn Thompson ( Tulane)


Panel 3: Enlightenment, Cosmopolitanism and the French Revolution


Eve Grace (Colorado College)


Possessing La Patrie: Public and Private Entanglements in French Revolutionary Political Culture

Joan Landes (Penn State)

18th Century Cosmopolitanism in the Light of 20th Century Globalism

Bruce Mazlish ( MIT)


Mel Richter ( Hunter College)



Panel 4: Citizenship in the European Experiment


Annabelle Lever ( Rochester)


Differentiating Citizenship

Rainer Bauböck ( Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna)

European Citizenship: Toward European Identity and Beyond?

Percy Lehning (Erasmus)


Glyn Morgan ( Harvard)


Panel 5: Cosmopolitanism in Question


Patrick Riley (Wisconsin-Madison)


Is Universalism Ethnocentric?

Steven Lukes (Siena)

Cosmopolitanism and the Circle of Reason

Pratap Mehta (Harvard)


Nancy Rosenblum ( Brown)


Panel 6: Nationalism and its Discontents


Rudi Koshar (Wisconsin-Madison)


Nationalism, Internationalism and the Nairn-Hobsbawm Debate

Ron Beiner (Toronto)

Liberal Nationalism, Nation-Building and National Self-Determination Projects

Margaret Moore (Waterloo)


Krishan Kumar (Virginia)





Marion Smiley (Wisconsin-Madison)


Mary Dietz (Minnesota)

Istvan Hont (Cambridge)

Jerrold Seigel (New York)

Michael Walzer ( Institute for Advanced Studies)







APRIL 9-11, 1999

Held during the bicentenary of the 18th Brumaire, 1799, this conference is dedicated to the memory of François Furet, who was to have presented a paper at the conference on the themes to be addressed in his projected study of Napoleon Bonaparte. The conference will take place at Hunter College, City University of New York, Hunter College West, Room 714, Lexington Avenue and Est 68th Street, New York, NY 10021. All inquiries should be directed to: Melvin Richter at mrichter@shiva.hunter.cuny.




1:00-6:00 p.m. Registration

1:45 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks:

Dr. David Caputo, President, Hunter College

Detlef Junker, Director, German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.

Martyn Thompson, Chair, CSPT

2:00 p.m. Panel I

The Two Napoleonic Empires in European History, Memory and Political Thought

Chair: Martyn Thompson, New Orleans


Isser Woloch, New York, Towards the First Empire: Impetus and Resistance

Hagen Schulze, Berlin, The Two Bonaparte Empires in German History and Memory


Peter Gay, New York


4:30-6:30 p.m. Panel II

The Bonapartes and the Creation of the Modern European State: the


Napoleonic, Prussian, and Wilehelminian States Compared

Chair: Lawrence Dickey, Madison


Pierre Rosanvallon, Paris, The Bonapartes and the French State

T.C. W. Blanning, Cambridge, Interactions between the Bonapartes’ Empires and the Prussian and Wihelminian States

Comment: Eugen Weber, Los Angeles


6:30-7:30 p.m. Reception



9:00-11:00 a.m. Panel III

The Politics of Historiography: Conceptualizing a Regime Type: Bonapartism, Caesarism, or Dictatorship?

Chair: Jean Cohen, New York


Claude Nicolet, Paris, Caesarism and the Regimes of the two Bonapartes; How Adequate is this Concept?

Wolfgang Wippermann, Berlin, The Theory of Bonapartism from Marx and Engels to Trotzky and Thalheimer


Zvi Yavetz, Tel Aviv and New York


11:45-1:45 p.m. Panel IV:

The Bonapartes and their Empires in the History of Political Thought

Chair: James Moore, Montreal


Melvin Richter, New York, Tocqueville and Nineteenth-century Political Thought on the two Bonapartes



Comment: Jack Hayward, Oxford


3:00-5:00 p.m. Panel V

Bonapartism/Caesarism/Dictatorship in Twentieth Century Political Thought

Chair: Bernard Yack, Madison


Benedetto Fontana, New York, Antonio Gramsci

Peter Baehr, St. John’s Newfoundland, Max Weber

John P. McCormick, New Haven, Carl Schmitt

Comment: TBA



9:30-12:00 a.m. Panel VI

Roundtable: The 18th Brumaire and the Napoleonic Empire after Two Centuries

Chair: J.G.A. Pocock, Baltimore


Peter Gay, New York

Pierre Rosanvallon, Paris

Hagen Schulze, Berlin

Eugen Weber, Los Angeles

Wolfgang Wippermann, Berlin

Zvi Yavetz, Tel Aviv and New York









Politics and Peace: On the Contemporary Political Relevance of the Peace of Westphalia of 1648

The 1998 annual international conference of the DGEPD, financed by the Cultural Foundation of the Deutsche Bank, was held at Münster on November 12-15. The theme was "Politics and Peace: On the Contemporary Political Relevance of the Peace of Westphalia of 1648." The opening address was given by the Secretary-General of NATO, Janvier Solana, on "Maintaining Peace in Europe." The other papers delivered at the symposium were:

Ernst-Otto Czempiel (Frankfurt): The Causes of War and the Possibility of Peace Today

Otfried Höffe (Tübingen): World Peace without a World State?

Peter Koller (Graz): The Westphalian System or Global Peace Maintenance?

Wolgang Kersting (Kiel): Global Peace under Law and Cultural Difference: Huntington and the Political Philosophy of International Relations.

Hermann Lübbe (Zürich): European Unification and Peace.

Volker Rittberger (Tübingen): Religions in Conflict.

Herfried Münkler (Berlin): Will States in the Future Remain Masters of War? Some Reflections of Clausewitz’s Theory of War.

Pavel Kouba (Prague): The Finite Character of Peace.

The closing address, entitled "The German Contribution to Maintaining Peace" was given by Wolgang Schäuble (Chairman, CDU, Bonn). Comments, usually on pairs of papers, were invited from the following political journalists and newspaper editors: Hagen Rudolph (Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin), Jürgen Busche (Badische Zeitung, Freiburg), Joseph Joffe (Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich), and Dieter Schröder (Berliner Zeitung).




We would like warmly to thank all of you who have contributed news items for the Newsletter. However, we believe we can do even better! To make sending in an item as easy as possible to fit into your busy schedule, may we suggest that you consider making a small habit of simply sending, faxing, or emailing a copy of whatever information crosses your desk which might be of interest to CSPT members? For example, when you receive a copy of the program for that conference at which you are giving a paper, could you pop a copy in the mail to us? Or again, for example, when one of your students has completed his or her dissertation, can you get a copy of the abstract sent to us? The deadline for the next (August) issue is June 30th, and for next issue after that (January 2000), November 20th. If you have items which involve application deadlines in January or February 2000, the August issue would be the most relevant for you, given the time it takes to deliver each issue. The more items we receive, the more useful the Newsletter will become for all of us. Thank you!









CSPT Toronto held only one seminar in the fall term, owing to the administrative burdens bourne by its conveners. (Ronnie Beiner is Director of the Graduate Programme in Political Science at Toronto and Stephen Newman is in his second year as Chair of Political Science at York .) Our fall speaker was Seyla Benhabib who gave a paper titled "Dilemmas of Citizenship in Contemporary Europe." Joe Carens of the University of Toronto responded. We hope to meet more regularly in the winter term, but as of now we have only one seminar confirmed. In January, Simone Chambers will speak on Voting and Deliberation. Melissa Williams of Toronto will comment.

--Stephen Newman, York


Western Canada

This fall we had two guest speakers. Professor Ray Stephanson of the University of Saskatchewan presented a paper on "Male Organs of Generation And The Poetical Character in the Eighteenth Century." The paper examined the complex intersection of the male body and male authorship in the eighteenth century. It focused on theories about the link between the male mind and male genitalia. The controversy is between those who believe that male virility is inversely related to literary creativity and those who believe that the sexier men are, the more creative they are likely to be. The second paper was by Professor Tilo Schabert of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat in Germany. He gave a paper on "Paradise in Politics." Following Eric Voegelin, he argued that all the moderns reject reality and invent a fantasy world-- Rousseau, Hegel, Sartre, and Heidegger are examples. He contrasted this modern proclivity to live in a fantasy world with the great Aristotle whose feet are solidly planted on the ground and is in touch with reality.

Professor Anthony Parel of the University of Calgary presented a paper at a conference at the College International de Philosophie in Paris last spring. The paper was entitled "Ptolemy and Machiavelli." He argued that Machiavelli was influenced by Ptolemy's Cosmology. Machiavelli believed that the planets had a physical as well as a moral influence on human affairs, including politics. He was therefore an adherent of ancient astrology, and this is a fact that is not recognized by his interpreters. Professor Parel also gave a paper to the North Carolina University Triangle (Duke, University of North Carolina, and the State University of North Carolina). The paper was entitled "Gandhi and his Clothes." He argued that there is a correlation between Gandhi's moral and philosophical thought and the clothes he chose to wear. The loin cloth was not a glorification of poverty but a protest against the injustices of an economic system that left the mass of the Indian people in a condition of such extreme poverty.

The University of Edmonton in Alberta organized a conference on globalization this fall. Tom Flanagan and Shadia Drury of the University of Calgary were among the participants. Flanagan analysed the connection between the corporate culture of Calgary and the rise of the Right in Alberta. Drury gave a critique of the neoconservative concept of Social Capital as it appears in the writings of Irving Kristol and Francis Fukuyama.

--Shadia Drury, Calgary



How does globalization influence the guarantee of peace? Which role will the national state play in the future? These and many other questions were discussed by a number of scholars, politicians and journalists during the symposium "Die Politik und der Frieden" (politics and peace) which took place in Münster from 11/12/98 to 11/15/98. The symposium was organized by Volker Gerhardt (Berlin) and Norbert Herold (Münster). The discussion was based on reflections on the continuing influence of the Peace of Westphalia, which was concluded in Münster and Osnabrück in 1648. In the opening speech, NATO general secretary Javier Solana talked about the responsibility of the alliance to guarantee peace. The symposium ended with the thoughts of Wolfgang Schäuble, leader of the opposition and chairman of the CDU in Germany, on the possibility of a German commitment to peace-keeping measures. In between, philosophers and political scientists discussed political concepts and theories with, for the first time, the active participation of representatives of the media. The journalists especially tried to relate the idealistic and theoretical concepts of the philosophers to today´s political situation. This guaranteed a close connection to reality and proved to be extremely beneficial to the discussions. Thus, not only globalization which was common talk, was mentioned, but also unification on a smaller scale, the European Union. Moreover, the role of specific confederal organizations, such as the NATO and the OSCE, was discussed.. The other side of peace was also taken into consideration, namely the apparent shift from wars between states to civil wars and guerilla warfare. The significance of religion in these conflicts was also not neglected. Besides the different theories and points of view on the topic, the symposium has shown that guaranteeing and establishing peace is the most important element of political thinking.

The presentations will be published in the annual "Jahrbuch. Politisches Denken". For further information, contact

Prof. Dr. K. Ballestrem at karl.balestrem, or Dr. Norbert Herold at

–Norbert Herold, Muenster



The 1999 annual conference of the Japan CSPT will be held at the University of Kyoto on May 29-30, 1999. The general topic is The 20th Century and Political Thought. Three sessions are planned: 1) Thoughts on War; 2) Politics of Historical Responsibility; 3) Redefining Nationality.

Apart from those sessions conducted in Japanese, Terrell Carver (Bristol) and Bob Jessop (Lancaster) will probably join us for a special session on 20th Century Marxism. For further information, contact Professor Noriaki Ono, Dep. of Law, University of Kyoto.

Reiji Matsumoto, Waseda



Professor Andrew Sharp (Political Studies, Auckland) has received a Marsden Fund grant for 1999-2001 for a study of the concept of representation, illustrated with examples from Maori in public life. The grant will relieve him from one-third of his normal duties. He will be giving a paper on 'The Levellers and the end of Charles I' to a "History of Parliament" Conference in January 1999 in London. Tim Mulgan, currently in the Department of Philosophy at U. of Otago, is moving to the Department of Philosophy, U. of Auckland. Maurice Goldsmith (Philosophy, Victoria U. of Wellington) is retiring at the end of January 1999. The Department has invited him to stay on in an honorary capacity. Stephen Gardiner has been appointed to a lectureship in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Canterbury. He recently received his PhD in philosophy from Cornell University. He also holds a MA in philosophy from the University of Colorado, and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. His interests include Ethical Theory, Applied Ethics (especially Environmental, Business and Medical Ethics), Political Philosophy, and Greek Philosophy.

--Maurice Goldsmith, Victoria U. of Wellington



Switzerland celebrated 1998 as both the 150th anniversary of the Constitution of 1848, which transformed the confederation into a federal state, and the bicentenary of 1798, the year of the beginning of the Swiss Republic. It is impossible to enumerate here all the public events, shows, colloquiums and publications relating to these two important political events. For enquiries, contact: Groupe ‘98, Office federal de la culture, Hallwylstr. 15, 3003 Bern,

The results of the February-March 1997 Los Angeles colloquium Reconceptualizing Nature, Science, and Aesthetics are being published by Slatkine (Geneva, 1998) in the new series "Travaux sur la Suisse des Lumières, no. 1". The second American-Swiss colloquium took place on October 7-11, 1998, in Italian Switzerland this time, at the Centro Stefano Franscini d’Ascona. The theme was "Republican Virtue." The results are to be published next year. These two great colloquiums are testimony to the success of the collaboration between Swiss and American researchers.

A "Fondation de Felice" was recently constituted for the study of the Yverdon Encyclopedia (1770-1780), that monument of Swiss Enlightenment which coincided with and completed the work of Diderot and d’Alembert.

Benjamin Constant’s Principes de politique (1806-1810 version) is finally available in paperback from Hachette-Pluriel, with a preface by T. Todorov and an introduction by E. Hofmann, the first editor of this important treatise.

–Etienne Hofmann, Université de Lausanne




The Manchester Center for Political Thought (MANCEPT) held a one-day conference devoted to Multiculturalism and Citizenship on November 13, 1998, The four main speakers were Attracta Ingram (University College, Dublin) on "Civic Unity and Cultural Pluralism," Andrea Baumeister (Stirling) on "Deep Conflict, Discourse and Citizenship," Michael Freeman (Essex) on "Parents, Children and Citizens," and Stephen de Wijze (Manchester) on "Multiculturalism and the Reasonable Citizen." The Departmental Seminar weekly meeting hosted in the Autumn Term papers by Michael Moran (Manchester), Shane O’Neill (Belfast), Inderjeet Parmar (Manchester), Maurizio Passerin d’Entrèves (Manchester), Leslie Holmes (Melbourne), Norman Geras (Manchester), Robert Wokler (Manchester) Nigel Woodcock (Manchester), Paul Cammack (Manchester), Colin Hay (Birmingham), and Stephen de Wijze (Manchester).

MANCEPT has continued to expand its activities. In addition to organizing two annual o ne-day conferences, it will sponsor the fourth national postgraduate conference entitle "Brave New World" in June 1999, and has helped to launch two new MA Programs in International Relations Theory and International Political Economy. It has also produced a lavishly designed working-papers series (submissions welcome to Mr. Alistair Edwards, Department of Government, University of Manchester M13 9PL, Great Britain). The Director of MANCEPT for 1998-99 is Prof. Hellel Steiner, to whom all inquiries should be directed. Forthcoming publications by members of MANCEPT include Maurizio Passerin d’Entrèves & Ursula Vogel (eds.), Public and Private: Legal, Political and Philosophical Perspectives (Routledge, 1999).

--Maurizio Passerin d’Entrèves, Manchester




Western Britain

Western Britain has had two meetings in the academic year 1998-99 so far. In Bristol, Professor Terence Ball (Arizona State University, and Visiting Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford) spoke on "J.S. Mill on Character Formation: The Science of Ethology Reconsidered". CSPT members are urged to read his political theory novel Rousseau' s Ghost (SUNY Press, 1998); STOP PRESS! The first printing has sold out. Professor John Dryzek (Melbourne University, and Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford) spoke at Reading on "Deliberative Democracy and Difference Democracy". This meeting was attended by one of Terrell Carver's colleagues on the joint ECPR/JPSA "Civil Society" project: Atsushi Sugita (Hosei University, currently visiting the LSE). For the next CSPT Newsletter there will be a full profile and update on political theory at the University of Exeter.

--Terrell Carver, Bristol

--Richard Bellamy, Reading




The Political Science Department at Boston University wishes to announce the schedule for the 1999 Robert P. Benedict Lectures in the History of Political Thought. The lectures will be given by Margaret C. Jacob, Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania on the theme, "The Culture of Politics in Early Modern Europe," The dates and titles of the six lectures are as follows: February 4: Thinking About Early Modern Political Thought and Practice. February 5: The Populist Origins of the European Enlightenment: The Crisis of Absolutism. February 18: English Commonwealth-men and Dutch Republicans: 1688-1747. March 25: Revolutions and Constitutionalism: The Cultural Meaning of Freemasonry. April 15: The Political Implications of the New Sociability: An International Republican Conversation. April 16: English Radicalism from John Wilkes to the 1790s.

Professor Jacob is the author of such path-breaking works on the historical relationship between science, politics, and culture as The Newtonians and the English Revolution (1976), The Radical Enlightenment: Pantheists, Freemasons, and Republicans (1981), The Cultural Meaning of the Scientific Revolution (1988) and Living the Enlightenment: Freemasonry and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Europe (1991).

For further information about the lectures, contact Prof. James Schmidt (see convenors section for address).

The Boston Chapter of CSPT also sponsored a lecture by Steven Lukes on November 12. He spoke on the topic "Is Universalism Ethnocentric?"

--Knud Haakonssen, Boston

--James Schmidt, Boston



The Bay Area chapter is holding a colloquia series in honor of the sesquicentennial of the Manifesto of the Communist Party. On 28 October, Paul Thomas gave a paper entitled "Seeing is Believing: Marx's MANIFESTO, Derrida's Apparition." The next paper in the series, "Marxist-Feminist Dialectics for the 21st Century," was given by Nancy Hartsock (University of Washington) on December 2nd. Professor Robert Wokler, Manchester University spoke on December 5th on "The Enlightenment on the Eve of the Holocaust: reflections on Horkheimer, Adorno and Cassirer." In addition, on November 5th, J.R. Pole, visiting Rhodes Professor of American History [Emeritus], St. Catherine's College Oxford, gave a paper entitled "Anglo-American Law and the Logic of Experience." For the spring, a colloquia series on Hobbes and Literature is planned.

Lastly, Shannon Stimson has joined Paul as co-convenor of the Bay area conference.

–Shannon Stimson, Berkeley

--Paul Thomas, Berkeley


New York

The New York chapter is in the midst of a very eventful year. During the fall semester the Columbia Seminar on Studies in Political and Social Thought hosted the following papers: David Kettler (CUNY), "The Rule of Law: Political Theorists Revisit Weimar, and Lawyers May Wonder;" George Kateb (Princeton), "Is Patriotism a Mistake?;" Steven Lukes (Siena (Italy)/NYU), "Isaiah Berlin’s Dilemma;" and John Wallach (CUNY/Harvard Law School), "Plato’s Socratic Problem." Kettler’s essay discussed theories of the rule of law formulated by various German Jurists during the Weimar Republic; in particular, it focused on Frank Neumann’s criticism of the courts use of the rule of law to block progressive labor legislation. Kateb’s paper argued against the double mistake of patriotism: not only is patriotism dangerous in itself, but it also appears that many intellectuals have now defected from universal principles of the Enlightenment to support various forms of particularism such as patriotism. Lukes’ paper faced Berlin’s dilemma on how to defend pluralism without falling into relativism. In particular, it discussed Arnaldo Momigliano’s critique of Berlin’s cultural pluralism as inevitably exposed to "moral relativism." Finally, Wallach’s paper argued for a rehabilitation of Plato as a means for theorizing a contemporary conception of democratic virtue –which Plato certainly did not produce, but which also is not yielded by standard variations of liberalism, conservatism/ communitarianism, and poststructuralism.

In the spring of 1999, we will meet with four additional scholars to discuss their work in progress. These meetings will be led by Benedetto Fontana, Philip Pettit, Frank Michelman, and Kirstie McClure. The Seminar welcomes inquiries about its activities. Participation is by invitation to qualified scholars. For information, please contact Professor Nadia Urbinati (see convenors section for address).

In addition to the Seminar, a new Columbia Colloquium in Political Theory was inaugurated in 1998, with papers by Brian Barry, Jean Cohen, Samuel Scheffler, Donald Kelley, Pierre Rosanvallon, and Nadia Urbinati. The Center for Law and Philosophy at Columbia, which sponsors the Colloquium, also held its annual lecture on November 5, 1998, at which Charles Taylor spoke on "Democracy and Exclusion." For information about the Colloquium, contact Jeremy Waldron, the Center's Director, at jwaldron@law. or Mary Sue Daniels at mdaniels

The Dewey Lectures, which are held under the sponsorship of the Philosophy Department at Columbia at intervals of about five years, were held on October 19, 21, and 22. Ronald Dworkin spoke on "Justice for Hedgehogs." On Friday, March 26, 1999, the Center for Law and Philosophy will host a set of lectures on Classical Republicanism by Quentin Skinner and Cass Sunstein. For details, contact Mary Sue Daniels at the address given above.

--Nadia Urbinati, Columbia

--David Johnston, Columbia



The Ohio Branch plans at this juncture one meeting for the second semester, at which Martin Plax (Cleveland State) will present a paper on The Crito.

–Pamela Jensen, Kenyon College


Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest Political Science Association held its annual conference in Victoria, B.C. on October 18-20 1998. Among the many panels were two devoted to political theory, one on Political Language and Explanation, the other on Theories of Tolerance and Natural Law. A paper on feminist activism was presented by Colleen Mack-Canty (Montana State); on Gramsci's Linguistic Metaphors by Peter Ives (York, Canada); and on Erich From, a dialogue with his critics, by Ramona Grey (Montana); Avigail Eisenberg ( British Columbia) chaired and was discussant. The other panel was chaired by Timothy Kaufman-Osborn (Whitman College), and featured papers by Jeff Johnson (East Oregon) on Secular Natural Law and the Problem of Authority; by Terrence Cook (Washington State) on Sebastian Castellion and Toleration; and by Peter Steinberger (Reed College) on The Argument of Locke's Letter on Toleration; Curtis Johnson (Lewis and Clark College) served as discussant.

Next year's conference is to be held in Eugene, Oregon, October 14-16 1999. Please contact William Lunch (Oregon State), if you wish to serve on or create a panel.

--Curtis Johnson, Lewis and Clark


Rocky Mountain Chapter

The Rocky Mountain Chapter met in September and October to discuss Evan Charney's APSR article, "Political Liberalism, Deliberative Democracy, and the Public Sphere,"Dana Villa's PT article, "The Philosopher versus the Citizen," and articles by Scanlon on the First Amendment. In December we will meet to discuss Athanasios Moulakis' new book, Republican Realism in Renaissance Florence.

–Steve McCarl, University of Denver



Stephen White has been elected to the editorship of the journal Political Theory; he will assume the duties as editor in July 1999. Jonathan Wolff, of the University of London, visited the University of Virginia. He presented a paper on "Marx's Theory of Exploitation," on October 22, 1998. Talbot Brewer, of the UVa Department of Philosophy, served as commentator. Colin Bird's book, The Myth of Liberal Individualism, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, due to appear around Easter of 1999. Debra Morris' "'How shall we read what we call reality?': John Dewey's New Science of Democracy," is forthcoming in the April 1999 issue of American Journal of Political Science, as part of a symposium on pragmatic social inquiry. George Klosko's book, The Struggle for Women's Rights: Theoretical and Historical Sources, co-edited by Margaret G. Klosko, has just been published by Prentice-Hall.

--George Klosko, University of Virginia

–Stephen White, Virginia Tech










Ethics and Globalization: Local and Cosmopolitan Values in a Supranational Age

Yale University, April 16-18, 1999. Sponsored by the Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics, and the Olmstead Fund. Organized by Ian Shapiro, John P. McCormick and Casciano Hacker-Cordon. Participants include: Ben Barber, Seyla Benhabib, James Bohman, Dario Castiglione, Jack Donnelly, Russell Hardin, David Held, Herbert Jacobson, Charlotte Ku, Christian Joerges, John Keane, Cecelia Lynch, Micheline Mishay, among others. For information contact John McCormick at


History of Economics Society

26th Annual Meeting

Call for papers

The 26th annual meeting of the History of Economics Society will be held June 25-28, 1999 at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Proposals on all aspects of the history of thought and methodology are invited. The conference volume published by Routledge will be loosely organized around the theme of "alternative approaches to economics at century’s end." All persons wishing to present a paper or to organize a complete session should submit a short abstract (of less than 200 words) for their paper or (of less than 400 words) for a complete session by February 15, 1999 to the President-Elect, Bruce Caldwell. Proposals may be submitted by going to the HES ‘99 web site and following the link for submitting paper proposals: Proposals may be faxed or sent by mail to: Bruce Caldwell, Department of Economics, Bryan School, UNCG, P.O. Box 26165, Greensboro, NC 27402-6165 USA. Phone: (336) 334-5463, Fax: (336)334-4089,e-mail: indicate whether you would be willing to serve as a chair or as a discussant, and in what topic areas.


Nationalism Identity Minority Rights: Sociological and Political Perspectives

Call For Papers

This conference is sponsored by the Centre for Minorities and Social Change (U. Of Bristol), and will be held 16-19 September 1999. Offers of papers, accompanied by an abstract of 300-500 words, should be sent by 31 March 1999 to: Dr. Stephen May, Prof. Tariq Modood, Dr. Judith Squires. e-mail: or c/o Sociology Dept., 12 Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1UQ.

Keynote Speakers will include: Craig Calhoun (NYU), Stuart Hall (Open), Ali Mazrui ( SUNY), Bhikhu Parekh ( Hull), Iris Marion Young (Pittsburgh), Thomas Hylland Eriksen (Oslo), Will Kymlicka (Ottawa), Jan Nederveen Pieterse (The Hague) and Hira Yuval-Davis (Greenwich). For further details, see




A Millenium of Utopias: The Theory, History and Future of Utopianism

This international conference will be held at the University of East Anglia, 23-26 June 1999. For further information, contact Professor Barbara Goodwin, School of Economic and Social Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ. Tel: (44) 01603 592271. e-mail:

The Future of Genocide

The 3rd international conference of the Association of Genocide Scholars will be held at the University of Wiscons-Madison, June 13-15, 1999. Those interested in presenting papers or conducting workshops should send two copies of their abstract by February 15, 1999 to both Roger Smith and Frank Chalk, Dept. of History, Concordia University, 1455 De Maissonneuve Blvd., Montreal PQ H3G 1M8 Canada. For further information, contact Roger Smith, Dept. of Government, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA 23187 USA.


Constitutionalism and Citizenship: The American and European Experiences

Conference organized by the Centre for Global Governance and Department of Politics, University of Reading, to be held on January 16th 1999. Speakers include: Gary McDowell, Elizabeteh Meehan, Robert Hazell, Graham Leicester, Phillipe Schmittter, and Joshua Cohen. For further details, contact the organizer: Robert J. McKeever. Tel: 0118 931 8501. E-mail: r.j.mckeever




Conceptual Changes in European Political Cultures

This conference was held on 18-20 June 1998 at the Finnish Institute in London. Papers: Melvin Richter (New York), What is Conceptual History–an Overview; Patricia Springborg (Sydney) and Björn Wittrock (Stockholm/Uppsala),on the relations between History of Concepts, History of Political Thought, History of Human Sciences; Daniel Gordon (Amherst) and Tuija Pulkkinen (Helsinki/Greifswald), on Conceptual Changes and the Diversity of Political Cultures; Janet Coleman (LSE), History of Political Thought from the Ancient Greeks to the Renaissance; Peter Baehr (St. Johns, Canada), Weber, Caesarism and the Republican tradition. Workshop on on-going projects: Pim den Boer (Amsterdam), German Begriffsgeschichte and Dutch Conceptual History: a Critique and a Project; Lucian Hölscher (Bochum), Comparing German, French and British Concepts; Pierre Fiala, Jacques Guilhaumou, Raymonde Monnier (CNRS, École Normal Supérieure de Saint-Cloud), Travaux français en histoire linguistique des usages conceptuelles; Matti Hyvärinen (Tampere), The Finnish Project; Jan Ifversen (Aarhus), The Danish Project; Jan-Werner Muller (Oxford), The German Unification Project; Nikolai Kopossov and Dana Khapaeva (St. Petersburg), Russian Concepts in a Comparative Perspective; Michail Ilyin (Moscow), Russian dictionary of comparative analysis of major political concepts; György Bence (Budapest), Preparations for a Hungarian Project; Björn Wittrock (Stockholm/Uppsala), Swedish Studies; Lecture by Kari Palonen (Jyvaskyla) on Two Perspectives on Conceptual Change: Temporal and Rhetorical, followed by comments by Reinhart Koselleck (Beilefeld), Quentin Skinner (Cambridge), and Melvin Richter (New York).


International Colloquium

Machiavelli: The Republic and War

November 25-26, 1998, Paris, France

This international colloquium sought, on the one hand, to reexamine the historico-political significance and the philosophical effects of Machiavelli’s thought, and on the other, to facilitate a dialogue between different interpretations through the participation of the principal interpreters of Machiavelli of the latter part of the 20th century. The colloquium took place under the auspices of the Center of the History of Modern Philosophy (France), the Center for Research on Italian Political Thought (France) and the "Exercise of Powers" Research Group (France). The following panels were on the programme:

The writing of politics: Jean-Louis Fournel and Jean-Claude Zancarini,Les mets propres et naturels et les termes d’État: Une nouvelle langue de la politique; Denis Fachard, Des tulliane du Palais de la Seigneurie aux bibbie de l’épistolaire machiavélien; Mario Pozzi, Lingua e stile di Machiavelli; Diego Quaglioni, Machiavel et la langue de la jurisprudence. Mastery of time: Robert Damien, Conseil et action chez Machiavel; Laurent Gerbier, Virtù et Fortune: les deux figures du temps dans le chapitre XXV du Prince; Giovanni Silvano, Le rôle de l’histoire dans la politique de Machiavel. Liberty, laws, and mores: Christian Lazzeri, Sur le problème de la circularité des lois et des moeurs; Jean-Jacques Marchand, La loi, les moeurs (i costumi) and les institutions (gli ordini) chez Machiavel; Quentin Skinner, Machiavel: la République et la liberté; Yves Charles Zarka, L’amour de la patrie; Paul Larivaille, La place de l’éducation civique et politique dans la pensée de Machiavel. L’‘arte dello stato": Domenico Taranto, Arte dello statto et économie chez Machiavel; Crostoma Ion, L’arte dello stato, un hapax machiavélien; Corrado Vivanti, L’apprentissage de l’art politique par Machiavel. The place of conflict: Gianfranco Borelli, Conflitti, innovazione, contenimento: Machiavelli e il progetto politico rinascimentale; Marina Marietti, L’ennemi intérieur dans les Istorie fiorentine; Enrico Nuzzo, La République entre conflit et paix chez Machiavel; Gabriele Pedullà, Le rôle des tumultes dans la cité; Silvio Suppa, Conflit et temps dans la raison politique machiavélienne. Religion and politics: Cesar Vasoli, Machiavelli, la religione degli antichi e le armi; Thierry Menissier, Le thème des prophètes dans l’oeuvre historique et politique de Machiavel; Michele Ciliberto, Machiavelli, Savonarola e il problema della religione. Coherences and incoherences: Alessandro Fontana, Logiques machiavéliennes; Andrea Matucci, La scrittura della storia nei Discorsi di Machiavelli; Frédérique Verrier, Lecture paradoxale des Discours sub specie feminae: des examples aux métaphores. Machiavellisms and antimachiavellisms: Giuliano Procacci, La réception de Machiavel par ses contemporians; Enzo Baldini, Aspects et caractéristiques de l’antimachiavélisme dans la Curie romaine à l’époque de la Contre-réforme; Michel Senellart, Les Regimentstraktaten: comment échapper á l’antithèse machiavélisme-antimachiavélisme?; Gennaro Maria Barbuto, Machiavelli e De Sanctis.


Citizenship and Civic Education in Democracies

This conference was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 22-24, 1998. While democracy has been embraced today in most of the world, it faces new challenges from apathy to social fragmentation in the older, established democracies to a lack of experience and sustained support in the new democracies of Central/Eastern Europe. It is readily apparent that if democracy is to flourish, civic identities have to be cultivated and a culture of democracy must be nurtured by citizens and governments alike. The conference sought to explore questions that are central for the enterprise of fostering civic identity and a democratic culture. Presenters included over 30 scholars and practitioners from the US, Canada, Scotland, Austria, Israel, and Slovenia, as well as some 70 Slovene educators. The main conference organizers (Dr. Douglas F. Challenger, Dr. Mitja Zagar, and Dr. Oto Luthar) will edit a volume of selected manuscripts written for the conference and will publish them as a book.

Presentations: Macedo (Syracuse), Liberalism, Civil Society, and Civic Education; King (Oxford), Citizenship: from Political Rights to Multiculturalism; Gaber (Ljubljani), Concept of Citizenship; Ketcham (Syracuse), Civic Education and the Liberal Arts; Coward (Newcastle), Unworking the Fictions of Citizenship: The Postnational Democratic Community; Sensenig (Boltzmaninstitut Salzburg), Personal and Territorial Concepts of Belonging: The Historical Roots of Civil Inclusion and Exclusion in Central Europe; Print (Sydney), The Challenge for Democratic Citizenship and Civil Society in a Globalizing World; Tamir (Tel Aviv), Democratic Education in a Multicultural Society; Cuk (Ljubljani), Value Education in Public Primary School: The Case of Slovenia; Julian (Syracuse), Public Policy in the Classrooms;Krek, Kovac (Ljubljani), Civic Education and Values; Calabrese (Boulder), The Political Significance of Media Literacy;Vol_i_ (Ljubljani), Media Education: A Need for Curriculum Development of the Course in Slovenia; Zsigo (Syracuse), Hungarian Students and Forms of Democratic Participation; Harris (Vancouver), Learning and Communication: Twin Technologies of Citizenship and Democracy; Ramet (Washington/Ritsumeikan), Church–State Relations, Nationalism and Citizenship: The Case of Poland; Walker (Catholic U. of America), A Check on Liberalism: The Mixed Constitution; Challenger (Franklin Pierce), Democracy as Deliberative Dialogue: Citizenship, Diversity and Civic Education; Macedo (Syracuse), Liberalism, Citizenshhip and Diversity; Welton (Mount Saint Vincent), Building Citizenship in the Age of Civic Ruins; Mestrovic (Texas A&M), Between Postmodernism and Postcommunism: New Meanings of Citizenship, Education and Democracy; McLeod (Toronto), Multiculturism and Education: Multiculturism as Citizenship; Firer (Hebrew), Adwan (Bethlehem), Problems, Methods and Expectations in Bilateral Textbook Revision: The Israeli-Palestinian Experience; Debeljak (Ljubljani), The Pursuit of Unhappiness: Globalization and National Identity; Smyth (Strathclyde), Theoretical Approaches to Multicultural Education from a British Perspective; Zagar (Institut za narodnostna vprasanja Ljubljana), Civic Education for Democracy in Multicultural Societies.


Democracy, Multiculturalism, and the Distinctiveness of Brazil

This conference took place at the University of Brasilia, Brazil, August 27-30, 1998. Among the invited speakers were Robert Bellah, Agnes Heller, Fred Dallmayr, and Thomas Leithaeuser.


250th Anniversary of the publication of l’Esprit des Lois: 1748-1998

This international colloquium took place December 3-6, 1998, under the auspices of the Academie Nationale des Sciences, Belles-Lettres et Arts de Bordeaux, with the concurrence of the l’Université Michel de Montaigne, l’Université Montesquieu, le Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Bordeaux, la Société Montesquieu, la Société d’Histoire Littéraire de la France, and la Société Française d’Etudes du XVIIIéme siécle.

Papers: Louis Desgraves (Bordeaux, Académie nationale) The Pensées of Montesquieu and l’Esprit des Lois; Angel Sanchez de la Torre (U. Complutense) Knowledge of history in the formation of Montesquieu’s thought; Christiane Volpilhac-Auger (Grenoble, U. Stendahl) Study of the unedited reading notes of Montesquieu; Laurent Versini (Sorbonne) True and false sources of L’Esprit des Lois; Leszek Slugocki (Lodz) Poland and Polish problems in Montesquieu’s L’Esprit des Lois; Rebecca Kingston (Loretto, St. Francis Coll.) Montesquieu and religion in the context of the religious debates in France and in the Parlement of Bordeaux at the beginning of the 18th century; Miguel Benitez (Séville) Montesquieu, Fréret et the remarks drawn from discussions with Hoangh; Melvin Richter (CUNY) Montesquieu’s Theory and Practice of the Comparative Method; Sheila Mason (Birmingham) The physiology of mores according to Montesquieu: academic context and medical posterity; Mingiong Xu (Peking) Physical causes, moral causes, Montesquieu on China’s population; Margailhan-Ferrat (Frankfurt); Pauline Kra (Forest Hills) The development of relations between the physical causes and the moral causes in L’Esprit des Lois; Caroline Jacot-Grapa, Laws of the body: from the "harmony" of the Considérations to the notion of relation in L’esprit des Lois; Jean-Patrice Courtois (Reims) Reading and rereading the relation between the physical and the moral in the theory of climate; Gérard Bergeron (Canada); David Carrithers (U Tennessee) Montesquieu’s Comparative Constitutionalism; his analysis of the French and English Regimes; C.P. Courtney (Cambridge, Christ’s College) The image of England in L’Esprit des Lois; James Ceaser (Uvirginia) L’Esprit des Lois and the American Constitution; Sergio Cotta (Accademia nazionale dei Lincei) The distribution of powers in Locke and in Montesquieu; Charles Gautier (Paris) The question of liberties after L’Esprit des Lois; Simone Goyard-Fabre (Caen) Constitutional equilibrium and its philosophical postulates; Georges Benrekassa (Paris VII, Denis Diderot) The question of the interpretation of L’Esprit des Lois at the beginning of the 60's between Louis Althusser and Raymond Aron; Edgar Mass (Cologne) L’Esprit des Lois in Germany: from Clausewitz to Hitler; Nadejda Plavinskaia (Moscow Academy of Sciences) Catherine II and L’Esprit des Lois: initial notes; Charles Porset (Sorbonne) Madame Dupin, critic of Montesquieu; Myriam Yardeni (Haifa) Commercial peoples in L’Esprit des Lois; Céline Spector (Paris) Montesquieu and the question of "gentle commerce" in L’Esprit des Lois; Manuel Santaella Lopëz (Madrid, U. Pontificia Comillas) Montesquieu’s thought on the evolution of commerce and the evolution of commercial right up to codification; Malick Ghachem, Montesquieu and Saint Domingue: the Enlightenment in the colonies, between the black code and the civil code; Ruggerio Pii (Florence) Virtue and commerce in the Spirit of the Laws; Catherine Larrere (U. Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux III) Wealth and territories: a new theory of the international; Alain Ruiz (Bordeaux III) A German reading of L’Esprit des Lois: The notes of Johann Gottfried Herder in Journal de mon voyage en 1769; Hervé Coutau-Begarie (Bordeaux) Montesquieu and international relations; Claudie Stancati de Santis (Calabria) Language et right in Montesquieu, the formation of social institutions and their physical and moral causes; K.M. Schönfeld (La Hate) Montesquieu and La bouche de la loi revisited - Artistotle’s and Cicero’s fate; Michel Porret (Geneva) Towards the perfectibility of L’Esprit des Lois: Montesquieu put to the test of the reformers of criminal right in the second half of the 18th century; Jean Ehrard (President of la Société Montesquieu) How to read L’Esprit des Lois?; Dmitri Lavroff (U. Montesquieu, Bordeaux) The current place of Montesquieu’s thought in French juridical theory.



Halévy and the Era of Tyrannies

This conference took place October 30- October 31, 1998, at Piazza Sant’Andrea della Valle, 6, Rome. Among other subjects, papers were given on the relationship between Halévy and "L’École Libre des Sciences Politiques" in Paris (T. Leterre-Robert); the Dreyfus affair (V. Duclert); French liberalism (between Tocqueville and Aron (N. Bavarez); the English 19th century (F. Cammarano - P. Pombeni); English liberalism (M. Freeden); war (R. Vivarelli); socialism (M. Griffo); totalitarianism (M. Nacci); Italian culture of the 20th century (R. Pertici); the fascist model (J.-C. Casanova); Gaetano Salvemini (G. Quagliariello); Benedetto Croce (G. Galasso), and on Halévy as a philosopher (E. Di Nuoscio) and as a historian of ideas (M. Richter).


Dialogue of Civilizations

Organized by the center for Cultural Affairs in Istanbul, this conference took place in Diyarbakir, Turkey, September 18-20, 1998. It included speakers from the USA, Europe, Turkey, and the Arab world. Sessions were held on the following topics: "Sources of Conflict and Prospects of Peace and Dialogue," "Causes of Clash of Civilizations," "Religion, Civilization and Culture," "Exchange of Information Among Civilizations," "A Perspective on the Future or Global Visions."



Colloquium on Comparative and Historical Methods

Bruce Western, Miguel Centeno (both Princeton), and John McCormick (Yale) participated in a three-part colloquium on Comparative and Historical Methods at Princeton in the Fall of 1998. The first session (10/14) focused on Weber's "Vocation" and "Objectivity" essays; the second (11/5) on Polanyi's The Great Transformation; and the third (12/9) on Schumpeter's Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy.




History of Political and Social Concepts Group

The goal of this organization is to establish a forum where the many different approaches to conceptual history can be discussed; intellectual and organizational experiences, shared; and comparative studies prepared. The foundation meeting was held at the Finnish Institute in London on June 18-20, 1998. The foundation meeting was held by the participants of the "Conceptual Changes in European Political Cultures" conference (see Recent Conferences section) as well as the meeting’s organizers, Kari Palonen (Jyvaskyla) and Melvin Richter (New York).

The participants agreed to form an international society which will meet regularly, publish a newsletter, and develop an archive in one or more international languages of projects and proposals, as well as interviews with, and critical reflections by, those who have led and taken part in them. An e-mail network and a home page will soon be established. The first newsletter, edited by Karin Tilsman and Wyger Velema at the University of Amsterdam, will appear in 1999. The next international conference, planned by Jacques Guilhaumou (Marseilles) and Raymonde Monnier (Saint Cloud) will be held in the fall of 1999 at the École Normale Supérieure de Saint-Cloud, just outside Paris. Other members of the group will also organize panels at meetings of international and national organizations. Members will receive the Group’s newsletter and be notified of annual and other relevant meetings. For further information please contact: Kari Palonen, Political Science, University of Jyvaskyla, P.O.Box 35, Fin-40351 Jyväskylä, Finland. E-mail:


Centre d’Histoire de la Philosophie Moderne

The Center for the History of Modern Philosophy is a affiliated with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, and is under the direction of Yves Charles Zarka. The following is a summary of its 1998-99 program of seminars and colloquiums, each involving numerous discussants and papers, organized under the primary themes "The history of modern philosophy" and "The principle of reason and the modern constructions of rationality": Nov. 18 "When does metaphysics need the principle of reason?"; Nov. 25-28 "Machiavelli: the republic and war" (see recent conferences for details); Dec. 9 "Diderot: Forme, Difforme, Informe"; Jan 13: "Spinoza: the powerlessness of reason"; Feb. 10 "Vico and the idea of a new science"; March 10 "The birth of aesthetics in the 18th Century"; April 14 "Malebranche: the obscure soul"; May 6 "The self and the moral sense: a singularity of English thought"; May 28-29 "Figures of Platonism in Marsile Ficin"; June 9 "Sufficient reason and questions concerning liberty, necessity, and chance"; June 99 in Milan "Descartes and the question of the existence of body." A trilogy of colloquiums on "The origins of political modernity and German idealism" is also being offered: Nov. 12-14 "Kant and Hobbes. Politics of reason"; Jan. 29-30 "Fichte as reader of Machiavelli"; April 26-28 "Hegel and natural right". For further information regarding the center or its programs, contact: Centre d’histoire de la philosophie moderne, 7, rue Guy Môquet, B.P. No. 8, 94801 Villejuif Cedex, France. Tel: 9330 01 49 58 36 57 or 9330 01 49 58 36 58. Fax: 9330 01 49 58 36 65

Email: Yves Zarka at, Serge Trottein (adjunct director) at, or Agnès Viterbi at viterbi@info or


Centre Thomas Hobbes

Affiliated with the CNRS, France. Director: Yves Charles Zarka.

The primary themes of the 1998-99 program are: 1)A line by line commentary of Hobbes’ Elements of Law, and 2) Property and power in modern political thought. The program comprises eight sessions. Apart from the sessions devoted to the Elements, topics to be discussed include: Right to property and liberty of conscience in More and Locke; Prince and citizen: power and property of the body in Hegel; Ricardian socialists; Power and property in Spinoza; The notion of property in the thought of Algernon Sydney; Power and property against liberty: the dangers of utopianism in Harrington; Property and power in Edmund Burke; Imperium and dominium in scholasticism; Property and power in Political Justice by William Goldwin; Utopians and the quest for happiness; Civil philosophy according to Thomas More; Thomas More’s Utopia: difficult liberty; Power, property and the theater of interests in More’s Utopia; Communism in Utopia: tradition and innovation; Work and power in Thomas More and William Morris; Readings of Machiavelli’s Prince: new princes and war; Readings of Machiavelli’s Prince: the broken mirror of power.

For contact information, see previous entry.




Feminist Theory

Call for papers

Feminist Theory is a new international interdisciplinary journal being published by SAGE Publications in April 2000. The journal is being launched to provide a forum for critical analysis and constructive debate within feminist theory. The journal will be edited by Gabrielle Griffin (Kingston), Rosemary Hennessy (SUNY), Stevi Jackson (York), and Sasha Roseneil (Leeds). Feminist Theory will seek to be genuinely interdisciplinary and to reflect the diversity of feminism, incorporating perspectives from across the broad spectrum of the humanities and social sciences and the full range of feminist politics and theoretical stances. For further information about publishing in, or subscribing to, Feminist Theory contact: Jane Markoff, SAGE Publications, 6 Bonhill Street, London, EC2A 4PU. E-mail: jane.markoff@


Democracy and Nature

Call for papers

Democracy & Nature aims to become the international forum for inclusive democracy, a form of social organization which re-integrates society with economy, polity and nature. The concept of inclusive democracy is derived from a synthesis of two major historical traditions: the classical democratic and the socialist. It also encompasses radical green, feminist, indigenous and radical Third World movements. The journal will initiate a dialogue in which inclusive democracy and radical views will be discussed and contrasted with the aim of informing a new political praxis.

Forthcoming issues: The Welfare State and Communalism: submissions by 3/31/99. Class, State and Ecology: submissions by 7/31/99. Post-modernism and the Democratic Project: submissions by 11/30/99. Democracy and Ethics: submissions by 3/31/00.

All manuscripts must be received by the deadline given for each theme and be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 100-150 words and a brief biography of no more than 100 words. Please send a computer (IBM) disk (preferably in MS Word for Windows) and two letter-quality printed copies. Articles should preferably not exceed 10,000 words. Contributions should be sent to: Takis Fotopoulos, The Editor, Democracy & Nature, 20 Woodberry Way, London N12 0HG, UK. Fax: +44 (0)181 446 1633. E-mail: Full details of Democracy & Nature can be found at:


New Political Science:

A Journal of Politics and Culture

Call for papers

New Political Science, is the official journal of the Caucus for a New Political Science (CNPS), an Organized Section of the APSA. The focus of New Political Science, as official journal of the CNPS, is to develop analyses which reflect a commitment to progressive social change and which treat topics that are within exploratory phases of development in political science. It insists on the broadest possible definition of ‘politics,’ and holds that political and cultural development cannot be understood in isolation from each other. Each quarterly issue contains a combination of peer-reviewed scholarly articles and book reviews. Both themed and un-themed issues are published. The editors seek manuscripts that make contributions to critical thinking and progressive politics. Please send 5 copies of all manuscripts (no more than 40 pages), accompanied by an abstract (approx. 150 words) and a brief (approx. 25 words) autobiographical sketch of the author(s) Manuscripts should be submitted to: George Katsiaficas, Department of Humanities, Wentworth Institute of Technology, 550 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 USA. For full details, including content pages and "Notes for contributors", see


Politics, Administration and Change

Call for papers

Politics, Administration and Change, (Editor Habib Zafarullah) and Australian-based multidisciplinary social science journal, is calling for manuscripts for its two 1999 issues. For further information, visit the journal WebSite at:


The British Journal of Politics and International Relations

Available in 1999, this new refereed journal will be published by Blackwell under the auspices of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom. Editor: David Marsh (Birmingham). Articles include, among others: "Commission and ‘English’ Liberalism in the Thought of Inter-war Britain," by Julia Stapleton; "The State of Liberal Sovereignty," by R. Prokhovnik, "Crisis and the Structural Transformation of the British State: Interrogating the Process of Change," by Colin Hay. Reviews of the State of the Discipline include, among others: "Normative Political Theory" (Ann Phillips, London Guildhall). Review articles reviewing a linked series of books include:

"Englishness," reviewed by Julia Stapleton (Durham); "Politics of Multi-Culturalism," Tariq Modood (Bristol); and "The History of Political Thought," Paul Kelly ( LSE). For subscriptions contact: Blackwell Publishers Journals, P.O. Box 805, 108 Crowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1FH, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 1865 244083, FAX: +44 (0) 1865 381381 or Journals Marketing (BJPI), Blackwell Publishers, 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148, USA. Tel: (781) 388-8200, FAX: 781/388-8220.


Submissions sought for a

forthcoming volume

David Lorenzo (Jamestown College) will be soliciting manuscripts in the spring for a possible edited volume on the importance of popular political arguments to the study of political theory (both descriptive theory and normative theory). Interested persons should send a proposal to the following address: Prof. David Lorenzo, Dept. of History and Political Science, Jamestown College, 6075 College Lane, Jamestown, ND 58401. Tel: 701-252-3467 ext. 2023.






University of Manchester Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Politics of the Department of Government, University of Manchester, has continued to expand the recruitment of MA and Ph.D. students, and is able to offer studentships and stipends to successful candidates. Director Paul Cammack, Ph.D. and M.Phil Tutor: Yoram Gorlizki, MA Tutor, Peter Lawler. Those wanting to enroll in one of the MA Programs should write to Peter Lawler, while those interested in M.Phil or PH.D. research should write to Yorma Gorlizki, both at the Department of Government, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 0PL, Great Britain.




Rousseau’s Ghost: A Novel. Terence Ball (Arizona State). SUNY Press, 1998.

"The first, the only – and doubtless the last – political theory thriller. It’s got everything: murder, mayhem, and competing theories of interpretation."


Thomas Jefferson: Political Writings. Terence Ball (Arizona State) and Joyce Appleby, editors. Cambridge U P, 1999.

"A complete, up-to-date Jefferson without wings or halo, that is, Jefferson the canny politician, the revolutionary idealist, and all-too-human slave owner."


Necessary Goods: Our Responsibilities to Meet Others’ Needs. Gillian Brock (Auckland).

The book examines the question of whether needs provide a basis for claims on others, and whether we have responsibilities to respond to those needs. It includes papers by the editor, John Baker, Robert Goodin, David Braybrooke, Martha Nussbaum, and David Copp, among others. The problem is examined in relation to a variety of different theories - contractarian, Kantian, Aristotelian, libertarian and liberal.


Alternative Visions: Paths in the Global Village. Fred Dallmayr (Notre Dame). Rowman and Littlefield, 1998.

Globalization is often seen as a process of universal standardization under the auspices of market economics, technology and hegemonic power. Distancing itself from the universalism/particularism conundrum and also from a predicted "clash of civilizations", the book charts a "grassroots" approach to globalization which relies on sedimented traditions and vernacular beliefs as gateways to cross-cultural learning and transformation. The book explores hitherto sidestepped or underprivileged "alternative visions", especially alternatives to hegemonic domination and parochial fragmentation. Among the thinkers examined are Herder, Adorno, Gandhi, Ali Shari’ati, and Amilcar Cabral.


Between Tradition and Modernity: India’s Search for Identity. Fred Dallmayr (Notre Dame) and Ganesh Devy. SAGE India, 1998.

The book documents the search of Indian intellectuals, politicians, and writers to forge an "identity" in the 20th century and thereby to gain a balance between the roots of their traditions and the onslaught of modernity. It focuses on the existential dimension of the encounter between India and the West and on modernity’s role as a catalyst in India’s process of self-scrutiny and search for self-rule. The first part of the book brings together major voices in India’s struggle against colonialism, while the second part presents interpretive essays by intellectuals across various disciplines.


The Essential Communitarian Reader. Edited by Amitai Etzioni (George Washington). Rowman and Littlefield, 1998.

This volume indicates why communitarian thought has had such a profound influence on contemporary American public policy, and why politicians as diverse as Vice President Al Gore and Jack Kemp view communitarian social philosophy as the most practical way of restoring America’s communities and redeeming its political institutions. Essays by Amitai Etzioni, Philip Selznick, Robert Bellah, Thomas Spragens Jr., Charles Taylor, James Fishkin, Ralk Dahrendorf, Dallin Oaks, Mary Ann Glendon, Robert Goodin, Roger Conner, Ronald Bayer, William Doherty, Daniel Bell, Senator Dan Coats, Peter Katz, Fred Siegel, Senator Bill Bradley, Alan Wolfe, Mark Kleinman, John DiIulio, Jr., Benjamin Barber, Linda White, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Diane Ravitch, Daniel Tichenor and Judith Martin.


The Community of Rights. Alan Gewirth (Chicago). University of Chicago Press, 1996.

This work argues that rights and community, far from being antithetical to one another, have a relation of marked support, especially by virtue of the positive rights which are parts of human rights.


Self-Fulfillment. Alan Gewirth (Chicago). Princeton U P, 1998.

This work develops a conception of self-fulfillment in which human rights serve not only an ancillary function but are also partly constituted of the human dignity in which self-fulfillment at its best consists.


The Orders of Discourse: Philosophy, Social Science, and Politics. John G. Gunnell (SUNY-Albany). Rowman and Littlefield, 1998.

An exploration of a range of issues attending metapractices and their relationship to their object of inquiry. Special emphasis is placed on the problem of the relationship between political theory and politics.


Freedom of Association. Amy Gutmann (Princeton). Princeton U P 1998.

Americans are joiners. They are members of associations and organizations of all sorts. Social scientists are engaged in a lively argument about whether a decreasing proportion of Americans over the past several decades has been joining secondary associations, but no one disputes that freedom of association remains a fundamental personal and political value in the United States. Yet the value and limits of free association in the United States have not received the attention they deserve. Why is freedom of association valuable for the lives of individuals? What does it contribute to the life of a liberal democracy? This volume explores the individual and civic values of associational freedom in a liberal democracy, as well as the moral and constitutional limits of claims to associational freedom. The volume includes essays by Amy Gutmann, Goerge Kateb, Michael Walzer, Kent Greenwalt, Nancy Rosenblum, Will Kymlicka, Yael Tamir, Daniel A. Bell, Sam Fleischacker, Alan Ryan, and Stuart White.


Civil Society and International Development. Percy Lehning (Erasmus).

Active civil societies are central to the evolution of participatory and transparent systems of government, which are essential not only for economic development, but because the participation of citizens in the definition of their role in society and in the choices affecting the future of their society is an important objective itself. This volume contains contributions that discuss the political theoretical problems of civil society, social capital, and democratic citizenship, contributions that elaborate on the role NGOs can play in strengthening civil society, as well as contributions that analyze civil society from the perspective of developing regions.


Rethinking Liberal Equality: From a "Utopian" Point of View. Andrew Levine (Wisconsin-Madison). Cornell University Press, 1998.

The book is a brief in favor of a supra-liberal egalitarian political philosophy that incorporates the insights of recent developments in liberal theory (using the "equality of what?" literature as its point of departure). The idea is to rethink our way to a form of egalitarianism in line with the thinking of the historical Left.


Tradition and the Rhetoric of Right: Popular Political Arguments in the Aurobindo Movement. David Lorenzo (Jamestown College). Fairleigh Dickinson University Press: in press.

This book explores the use and importance of tradition in popular political arguments. It presents both a general theory, and an extended case study of a popular movement in India. It also draws several conclusions from the study relevant to the creation of normative arguments.


Modern Liberty and Its Discontents. Pierre Manent. Edited and Translated by Daniel J. Mahoney and Paul Seaton. Rowman and Littlefield, 1998

In this book, Pierre Manent addresses a wide range of subjects, including the Machiavellian origins of modernity, Tocqueville’s analysis of democracy, the political role of Christianity, the nature of totalitarianism, and the future of the nation-state. As a whole, the book constitutes a meditation on the nature of modern freedom and the permanent discontents which accompany it. Manent is particularly concerned with the effects of modern democracy on the maintenance and sustenance of substantial human ties.


Membership and Morals: The Personal Uses of Pluralism in America. Nancy L. Rosenblum (Brown). Princeton U P 1998.

In recent years, membership has dropped in traditional voluntary associations such as Rotary Clubs, Jaycees, and bowling leagues. At the same time, concern is rising about the growth of paramilitary and hate groups. Scholars have warned that these trends are undermining civic society by creating a dangerous number of isolated, mistrustful individuals and organized, anti-social renegades. This book takes a new, less narrowly political approach to the study of groups, and reaches more optimistic conclusions about the state of civil society.


The English Levellers. Andrew Sharp (Auckland). Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought, Cambridge University Press 1998. (Hardback and paperback.)

This collection of thirteen fully annotated Leveller writings, mainly by John Lilburne, William Walwyn and Richard Overton, including their famous "Agreements of the People", is important as a contribution not only to the understanding of the English civil wars, but also of democratic theory. The editor's introduction sets the Leveller ideas in their context. The book includes a chronology, short biographies of the leading figures and a guide to further reading.


Gandhi: Struggling for Autonomy. Ronald J. Terchek (Maryland at College Park). Rowman and Littlefield, 1998.

Using the principle of individual autonomy – rather than civil disobedience, Indian independence, or duty, this book looks at Gandhi’s commitment to the equal respect and regard of all persons. The book also shows how Gandhi’s thought illuminates several critical discourses in political theory today, such as those addressing tradition, modernity, modernization and democratization. In the process, the study presents Gandhi as an antiperfectionist who seeks to resist efforts to homogenize and globalize any particular morality, politics, or economic arrangement.


Practices and Principles: Approaches to Ethical and Legal Judgement. Mark Tunick (Stanford). Princeton U P 1998.

A Japanese Woman living in California attempts parent-child suicide, an ancient Japanese custom called "oyako-shinju," in order to rid herself of shame upon learning that her husband has a mistress. She survives, but her two children drowned in the attempt. Since her attempt was made in accordance with the standards of Japanese culture, should she be tried by the standards and laws of the United States? Are there universally valid moral principles that dictate what is right? Or are moral judgements culturally relative, ultimately dictated by conventions and practices that vary among societies? Practices and Principles takes up the debate between universalists and relativists, and, in political philosophy, between communitarians and liberals, each of which has roots in an earlier debate between Kant and Hegel.



From Theology to Political Theory: Prudence and Justification in the Jesuit Missions to Brazil, 1549-1610

Jose Eisenberg. CUNY, 1998.

Dissertation Director: Melvin Richter.

This dissertation analyzes the theological and political writings of the first generation of Jesuit missionaries in (1549-1610).  An interpretation of the practical political ideas of the missionaries, particularly their strategies of justification, reveals their thought to have been a root of the influential political theories of metropolitan Jesuit theorists in Portugal and Spain such as Luis de Molina and Juan de Mariana. the elevation of consent to a constitutive factor in legitimacy and the rise of subjective rights as a property of individuals.






Terry Ball is currently Keeley Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford. He also made a bigger, and more permanent, move from the University of Minnesota to Arizona State University. We look forward to a "cactus chapter" of the CSPT.


Dan Avnon is teaching and lecturing at the University of Toronto for the spring semester 1999.




Roger D. Masters is currently studying the effects of water treatment with silicofluorides on the uptake of lead by children and the resultant behavioral dysfunctions (attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, learning deficits, and increased crime rates). Based on a grant from the EPA, this research reveals how the "new naturalism" outlined in his Nature of Politics generates conclusions that are both practically beneficial (as guides to public policy) and theoretically tenable (in contrast to post-modernism and other fashionable ideologies.





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Tim Fuller (Colorado College)

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M.S. University of Baroda

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Dan Avnon

Dept. of Political Science

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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School of Education

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Erasmus University

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Dept. of Philosophy

Victoria University of Wellington

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Mark Francis

Dept. of Political Science

University of Canterbury





Etienne Hofmann

Institut des recherches Interdisciplinaires

Université de Lausanne

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Preston King

Politics Department

University of Lancaster

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Dept. of Government

The University of Manchester

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University of Reading

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University of Bristol

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Dept. of Political Science

Johns Hopkins University

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James Schmidt

University Professors Program

Boston University

745 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, MA 02215


Knud Haakonssen

Philosophy Dept.

Boston University

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Boston, MA 02215


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U. of California, Berkeley

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Political Studies

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Eldon J. Eisenach / Michael Mosher

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Dept. of Government and Politics

University of Maryland

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Mary Dietz

Dept of Political Science

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN 55455

New York

David C. Johnston / Nadia Urbinati

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Columbia University

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New York, NY 10027


Pamela Jensen

Dept. of Political Science

Kenyon College

Gambier, OH 43022

Pacific Northwest

Curtis Johnson

Dept. of Political Science

Lewis and Clark College

Portland, OR 97219

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Steven McCarl

Dept. of Political Science

University of Denver

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St. Louis

Lyman Tower Sargent

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University of Missouri-St. Louis

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St. Louis, MO 63121-4499



George Klosko

Dept. of Government and Foreign Affairs

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA 22903


Stephen White

Dept. of Political Science

531 Major Williams Hall

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA 24061

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Benjamin Barber

Hickman Hall

Rutgers University

New Brunswick, NJ 08903

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