Non-domination: Between Republicanism and Relational Egalitarianism

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Non-domination: Between Republicanism and Relational Egalitarianism

Convenor: Sara Amighetti (

In recent years, political theorists and philosophers have been increasingly interested in republican political thought. Those who embrace the republican tradition identify the idea of freedom as ‘nondomination’ as the cornerstone of their views and seek to defend its superiority over the liberal ideal of freedom from interference. Much of the debate between republicans and liberals has indeed been fought out on the playing field of alternative conceptions of freedom. However, the importance of the idea of non-domination has also been emphasised with regard to another core political value: equality. Relational egalitarians, in particular, describe a society of equals as one where relations of domination are absent and explicitly refer to ‘non-domination’ as one of the fundamental aims of egalitarianism. While recognising that both republicans and relational egalitarians draw on overlapping intuitions about the centrality of nondomination for realising a just society, this workshop aims precisely to problematise and investigate the connections between these two theoretical positions. In particular, it welcomes papers, which try to answer (but are not limited to) questions such as: Can non-domination capture all inequalities that trouble relational egalitarians? What differences and similarities are there between contemporary (or neo-)republicanism and relational egalitarianism, and which one is superior (and where)? How is non-domination related to social justice? Does it make a differences to principles of social justice whether one conceives of non-domination from within a republican or relational egalitarian perspective? And how is nondomination to be related to distributive
justice, on either of these views?

Submission information The panel welcomes expressions of interest from graduate students, from junior researchers, and from established scholars. If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please, submit an abstract of your paper (between 350-500 words) to, prepared for blind review. Please also send a separate document, with your name, the title of your proposal, and your institutional affiliation.The selected participants will be notified of their acceptance by 15th June 2014, and asked to send their full paper by 29th August 2014. All the other proposals will be acknowledged.

The deadline for abstract submission is 2nd June 2014.

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