Symposium on Themes from Gilbert's Rights and Demands
On Friday 13th September 2019, there will be a symposium on the themes from Margaret Gilbert's Rights and Demands: A Foundational Inquiry (OUP), to be held at the University of Stirling.
Rights and Demands stakes out a distinctive position on the nature of what Gilbert calls ‘demand-rights’: rights that give the bearer standing to demand an action of someone else. Focusing on promises and agreements, Gilbert argues that joint commitments can generate demand-rights and, controversially, that such commitments are the only way to create demand-rights. Without a founding joint commitment, a person lacks the standing to demand actions of others. This work draws on Gilbert’s earlier influential work on joint commitment, and Gilbert examines the implications of her thesis for the reach and universality of the powerful contemporary moral-legal concept of ‘human rights’.
Confirmed speakers are: Peter Jones (Newcastle), Sandra Marshall (Stirling), Daniel Muñoz (Monash), Thomas Sinclair (Oxford), and Margaret Gilbert (UCI). Organisers: Rowan Cruft (Stirling) and Joseph Bowen (St Andrews & Stirling).
The conference is free to attend, though places are limited so please register interest Rowan Cruft (firstname.lastname@example.org). Lunch will be provided and dinner will be subsidised.
We plan to offer three £100 travel/accommodation bursaries for graduate students. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please email Rowan Cruft (email@example.com) your CV, with a few lines on how the symposium will help your research, by 19th August. (We aim to get back to applicants by 23rd August.)
Childcare facilities will be provided (please get in touch as early as possible). For financial support, we would like to thank the University of Stirling, Scots Philosophical Association, Society for Applied Philosophy, and Mind Association.