PPE Research: Book Symposium on Minimal Morality

The journal Analytic Philosophy featured a book symposium on Michael Moehler’s Minimal Morality: A Multilevel Social Contract Theory (Oxford University Press, 2018):

D’Agostino, Fred, “Pluralism, Prudence, and Political Theory: Comments on Minimal Morality by Michael MoehlerAnalytic Philosophy 61 (2020): 37-45

Thrasher, John, “On Minimal Morality,” Analytic Philosophy 61 (2020): 46-56

Morris, Christopher W., “Morality’s Many Parts: Symposium on Michael Moehler’s Minimal Morality,” Analytic Philosophy 61 (2020): 57-69

Vanderschraaf, Peter, “Stability Challenges for Moehler’s Second-Level Social Contract,” Analytic Philosophy 61 (2020): 70-86

Moehler, Michael, “Minimal Morality, Bargaining Power, and Moral Constraint: Replies to D’Agostino, Thrasher, Morris, and Vanderschraaf,” Analytic Philosophy 61 (2020): 87-100

PPE Research: Gil Hersch

Gil Hersch (PPE Postdoctoral Fellow) published an article on “No Theory-Free Lunches in Well-Being Policy,” in The Philosophical Quarterly 70 (2020): 43-64. Here is an abstract of the paper:

Generating an account that can sidestep the disagreement among substantive theories of well-being, while at the same time still providing useful guidance for well-being public policy, would be a significant achievement. Unfortunately, the various attempts to remain agnostic regarding what constitutes wellbeing fail to either (a) be an account of well-being, (b) provide useful guidance for well-being policy, or (c) avoid relying on a substantive well-being theory. There are no theory-free lunches in well-being policy. Instead, I propose an intermediate account, according to which well-being is constituted by endorsed veridical experiences. This account refers back to theories of well-being but does so as agnostically as possible. An intermediate account of well-being is meant as a policy guiding compromise between the different theories of well-being that make claims regarding what constitutes well-being. An intermediate account does as well as can be hoped for in providing a basis for well-being policy.

PPE Undergraduate Student Ambassadorships

Each academic year, the PPE Program selects several undergraduate students to serve as ambassadors for the program. The primary tasks of the ambassadors are to work closely with PPE faculty and staff on the development of the program and serve as a student contact for PPE events. For more information about PPE events and activities, please follow this link.

The application process for next year’s PPE Undergraduate Student Ambassadorships is now open. All students who are enrolled in a PPE degree (major or minor) and will not also be on the leadership team of the PPE Club next academic year are eligible to apply. Please submit a short personal statement that explains your interest in becoming a PPE Undergraduate Student Ambassador, whether you are a PPE major or minor, your anticipated graduation year, and your resume. The application materials must be submitted to Professor Moehler (moehler@nullvt.edu) by April 9, 2020. We look forward to receiving your application.