Political Theory for the Real World

Michael Goodhart, University of Pittsburgh
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Gowen 1A

Political theorists typically treat claims about (in)justice as moral or philosophical propositions.  In this talk, Goodhart discusses what it would mean to treat them as political or ideological claims, elaborating on the epistemological, political, and pragmatic implications of doing so.  He argues that his proposed approach gives theorists a different and better way of engaging with real world politics.

Michael Goodhart is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is the author of Democracy as Human Rights (2005, Routledge), Political Theory and the Politics of Injustice (forthcoming, Oxford University Press), and many articles on human rights, democratic theory, and global governance. He has edited several scholarly collections on political theory and human rights topics. From 2010 to 2012 he chaired an American Political Science Association task force on "Democracy, Social Justice, and Economic Security in a Volatile World."
 
Sponsored by: Simpson Center for the Humanities; Department of Political Science; Program on Values in Society; and the Department of Law, Societies & Justice.