BIPPA Regional Conference in Ireland and Northern Ireland

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The BIPPA is delighted to announce the Regional Conference for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, taking place at Queen’s University Belfast on the 17th of September. This conference was made possible with financial support from Queen’s University Belfast School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics (HAPP). The theme of the conference is moral and political philosophy. The call for submissions is now closed.

We are equally glad to confirm that Dr Vittorio Bufacchi, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at University College Cork, will deliver a keynote address at our conference. Dr Bufacchi specialises in political philosophy, with a special interest on questions of social injustice, human rights and political violence. He has recently written a book on the economic and political philosophy behind the Covid-19 pandemic. Besides the keynote address, there will be eight talks by graduate students from universities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The program of the conference is as follows:

10.00-10.10: Welcome
10.10-10.40: Antonio Pio de Mattia (University College Dublin): Why should I be moral? The Transcendental-pragmatic response
10.40-11.10: Guxing Chen (Beijing Normal University & University College Dublin): Practical knowledge and Moral knowledge
11.10-11.40: Cuizhu Wang (University College Cork): Normative Expectation for modelling Norm Compliance
11.40-11.50: Coffee break
11.50-12.20: Haikyung Kwon (University College Dublin): Freedom and the Self: Adorno’s Critique on Kant’s Autonomy
12:20-12:50: Michael Nee (University College Cork): Fear of Death and Love of Life
12.50-13.40: Lunch break
13.40-14.10: Ranier Abengana (University College Dublin): On the Fate of Our Educational Institutions 
14.10-14.40 Kelly Agra (University College Dublin): Resilient Resistance and Resistant Knowledge Projects: Subtracting Resilience from Neoliberalism
14.40-15.10 Clémence Saintemarie (University College Dublin): “Occupy! The Panthéon” – Reflections on the ‘Gilets Noirs’ Undocumented Movement
15.10-15.20 Coffee break
15.20-16.50: Keynote address by Dr. Vittorio Buffachi (University College Cork): Structural Injustice: When the Solution Becomes the Problem
    • Abstract: If structural injustice is the problem, is liberalism the solution? This lecture will explore the uneasy tension between liberalism and structural injustice, suggesting that liberalism transcended historical injustice only by introducing a different type of structural injustice.
      Three historical features of structural injustice will be highlighted: slavery; natural hierarchies; colonialism. Liberalism’s answer to historical injustice has been mixed: slavery is wrong, but extreme forms of exploitation are acceptable; natural hierarchies are illegitimate, but gross social and economic inequalities are acceptable; colonialism is deplorable, but many other forms of domination (by the World Bank or multinationals) are acceptable.
      There are two possible ways to resolve the tension between liberalism and enduring social injustice. One solution is to separate liberalism from neo-liberalism, and blame neo-liberalism for everything that is still wrong with the world today. The other solution is to acknowledge that there are serious limitations to the political philosophy of liberalism. Perhaps the time has come to revisit the culture of rights central to liberalism.
16.50-17.00: Goodbye


If you would like to attend, please write an email expressing your interest, indicating your full name, to . The deadline for registration is the 11th of September.