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Philosophisches Kolloquium – Mittwochskolloquium


Prof. Dr. Michael Moehler, Kellogg Center (Virginia Tech University): „Diversity, Polycentricity, Justice, and the Open Society”

Moral diversity poses significant challenges for normative theory building, because no particular conception of jus-tice may be agreeable to all members of society. Polycentrism offers a potential solution by allowing a plurality of local regulative principles. For deeply diverse societies, however, polycentrism fails conceptually. In this talk, I argue that multilevel social contract theory (Moehler 2018) can overcome this problem. The theory disposes the quest for justice as the sole and exclusive objective and considers agents’ liberty and peaceful interaction as the primary goals of (new) social contract theory and the basis for an open society. To clarify its nature, the talk contrasts the vision of the open society provided by my theory with the vision provided by Gaus’s (2021) theory. Both theories move beyond polycentrism and offer promising versions of a ‘new social contract’ that shows how diverse societies can progress and become more robust and open in their social fabric.

Zur Person:

Michael Moehler is Professor, Founding Director, and Core Faculty member at the Kellogg Center for Philoso-phy, Politics, and Economics at Vir-ginia Tech. His research and teaching expertise lie in the history of moral and political philosophy, rational choice theory, public reason theory, distributive justice, the welfare state, political economy, and interdisciplinary topics in philosophy, politics, and economics. Moehler is once again teaching an interdisciplinary PPE block seminar at HHU this summer as part of a teaching cooperation. Last year he received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award for outstanding research achievements from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and will therefore be coming to Düsseldorf for fur-ther guest lectureships in the coming academic year.

Bitte beachten Sie, dass der Vortrag diesmal in Gebäude 24.21, Raum 00.94 stattfindet.

Studierende und Interessierte sind herzlich willkommen!


03.07.2024, 18:30 Uhr - 20:00 Uhr
Institut für Philosophie
Ort: Gebäude 24.21, Raum 00.94