4th Annual Workshop

The 4th annual Workshop for Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy will take place on June 1-3, 2016 at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. A selection of the papers presented at the workshop will be published by Oxford University Press in a new series Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, which will be edited by David Sobel, Peter Vallentyne and Steven Wall.

There will be nine papers at this year’s conference including four invited papers by the following people:
• Alex Voorhoeve (London School of Economics)
• Ralf Bader (Oxford)
• Adam Swift (Warwick) and Zofia Stemplowska (Oxford)
• Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (Aarhus University)

We are issuing a call for papers to fill the remaining five conference slots. Submitted papers should be between 7,500 and 12,000 words including footnotes, should be totally anonymized, and are due by Dec. 1. We anticipate decisions being made on submissions by Feb. 1. Accepted papers for the conference will receive serious consideration for inclusion in the resulting volume. To be eligible for consideration for the conference, (1) the papers must not be published, forthcoming, or currently under review, elsewhere, and (2) the author must commit not to publish substantial portions of it elsewhere (even as part of a book) prior to the publication of the Oxford Studies volume (typically about 1.5 years after the workshop), if the paper is accepted for the volume.

One of the submission (non-invited) slots will be awarded the 2016 Marc Sanders Prize in Political Philosophy. The Marc Sanders Prize is an essay competition open to scholars who, at the time of the submission deadline, are within fifteen (15) years of receiving a Ph.D. or are students currently enrolled in a graduate program. Independent scholars may also be eligible and should direct inquiries to the Editors of Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, c/o Peter Vallentyne (vallentynep@missouri.edu). To learn more about the prize, and about past winners: The Marc Sanders Foundation . (The prize is normally awarded only in odd years, but The Marc Sanders Foundation kindly agreed to provide a prize for 2016 as well.)

Strong preference will be given to papers that discuss central issues in political and social philosophy, such as moral issues relating to the state or the justification of force, authority, obligation, justice, freedom, rights, exploitation, oppression, etc. Up to two papers by a given author will be considered, as long as the author is not the sole author of both. (For example, for a given person, a single-authored paper and a co-authored paper will be considered, but two single-authored papers will not both be considered.) Starting in 2017, with one exception, individuals who presented at the either of the previous two workshops, or who were included in the associated volumes, are not eligible to present at the current workshop. The exception is that the winner of the Marc Sanders Prize in Political Philosophy is eligible for presentation and inclusion in the volume. (Everyone eligible for the prize may submit a paper, but, if the paper is not awarded the prize, and they presented at one of the two previous workshops, then the paper will not be selected for inclusion in the workshop and the associated volume.)

Paper submissions: Due December 1, 2015.