Monday, April 25, 2011

CFP: Liberalism and the Family

MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory, 8th Annual Conference

Manchester, 31 August - 2 September 2011

Call for papers: Liberalism and the Family

The particular difficulty that liberals have in dealing with the internal affairs of families is now well established and remains a contentious and vibrant area of debate. This broad-based workshop is designed to bring together those who are working on any question related to how liberalism ought to view, and deal with, relationships within the family. We invite any papers, or suggestions for roundtable discussions, related to liberalism and the family. Here are some suggested questions, although we will consider any proposals and papers related to the broader theme.

With respect to children:

To what extent should liberals allow children to be enrolled into comprehensive doctrines?

Must liberals ensure children be brought up to be autonomous?

Should parents provide public reasons for their treatment of their children?

What is the legitimate extent of parental partiality?

For what reasons should the state intervene in a child’s upbringing?

Is there a specifically liberal approach to thinking about reproductive ethics?

With respect to gender roles:

Should liberals abolish the family? Should liberals endorse marriage?

What is a just division of labour within the family?

How far should liberals be concerned with justice between partners?

With respect to the family within liberal theories of justice:

Is the family part of the ‘basic structure of society’? If so, in what way?

Can Rawls’s ‘Justice as Fairness’ deal with justice in the family?

How can liberal theories of justice adequately represent children in their procedures of construction?

Should we be perfectionist in bringing up children?

Please send proposals, abstracts, and any further inquiries to by 31 May 2011.

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