PHIL Workshop: “Social Ontology in Political Philosophy”, 9:00AM May 5-6 (EN)

Workshop: Social Ontology in Political Philosophy 5-6th May

Location: Bilkent University Library (Art Gallery Room)

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(Registration is free, but necessary for estimating number of attendees) –

Description: Collective action plays a central role in politics. Understanding the conceptual underpinnings of collective agency, including related ideas such as collective responsibility and collective capability should therefore play a central role in political philosophy. These issues are most often explored with in an area of philosophy known as ‘social ontology’, which draws on work in philosophy of mind, analytic metaphysics and ethics, and which has implications for disciplines such as psychology, law and political science.

Our aim in this conference is to bring together established and emerging researchers in political philosophy and social ontology, including some who have published prize-winning work in this area, and others whose work is at the centre of recent discussions.



9.00 – 9.30: Registration

9.30 – 9.45: Opening Remarks – Professor Simon Wigley, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Bilkent University

9.45 – 11.00: Stephanie Collins (Monash University):States’ Culpability Through Time

11.00 – 11.30 Tea/coffee

11.30 – 12.45 : Niels de Haan (University of Vienna) / Political Legitimacy and Basic Hypothetical Consent

12.45 -14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 15.15: Anne Schwenkenbecher (Murdoch University) / I-mode reasoning vs. we-mode reasoning in moral deliberation – operating in the ‘wrong’ mode?

15.15 – 15.30: Tea Break

15.30 – 16.30: Graduate student session

16.45 – 18.15: Avia Pasternak (University of Toronto) (via Zoom) / TBA


10.00 – 11.15 Hans-Bernhard Schmid (University of Vienna) / Radical Responsibility Reconsidered

11.30 – 12.45: Säde Hormio (Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm/University of Helsinki /The Collective Responsibility of National Oil Companies

12.45 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.15 Leonie Smith (University of Manchester) / Collective Nostalgic Attention and Working-Class Identity

15.30 – 16.45 Frank Hindriks (Groningen University ) / Can Collective Agents Have Moral Rights

17.00 – 18.15 Jade Fletcher (University of St. Andrews) / The Role of Feminist Values in Metaphysics