Political Realism and Practical Morality

The Institute of Philosophy, HAS, the Institute for Political Science, HAS, and the Corvinus University of Budapest kindly invites you to the following international conference:

Politcal Realism and Practical Morality (website available here)


Venue 1 (Friday, 18th of November; 30 Országház st., Budapest)

09:00-09:30 - Registration

09:30-11:00 - Keynote Lecture: John Dunn (University of Cambridge): Domestic Politics and International Relations across the Millennia
11:00-11:15 - Coffee break

11:15-13:30 - Section 1: Morality and RealismMatt Sleat (Sheffield University): Ethics, Morality and the Case for Realist Political Theory
Tibor Mándi (Institute for Political Science, HAS): The Morality of Political Realism
Andrija Šoć (Belgrade University): Deliberative Democracy between Moralism and Realism

13:30-14:30 - Lunch break

14:30-15:45 - Section 2: Just War and RealismAdam Cebula (Warsaw University): Just War Theory and the Duplex Nature of Extra-Moral Absolutism
Adam Smrcz (Institute of Philosophy, HAS / ELTE University): What Renders a Conflict Inevitable? The Question of Bellum Necessarium among Early Modern Natural Law Theorists
Sabeen Ahmed (Vanderbilt University): The Epistemic Violence of Jeff McMahan's Revisionist Just War Theory

15:45-16:00 - Coffee break

16:00-17:15 - Section 3: History and RealismStephen Hailey (Cambridge University): Aristotle and Political 'Realism'
Dávid Molnár (University of Pécs): State/Sovereignty/Statesovereignty. Political Thought in Edward Forsett's 'A Comparative Discourse of the Bodies Natural and Politique'
Ferenc Hörcher (Institute of Philosophy, HAS): How to Govern a City - Political Realism in a Conservative, Republican Key

Venue 2 (Saturday, 19th November, 8. Fővám Square, 1093, Budapest)

09:00-10:15 - Section 4: Phases of RealismEnzo Rossi (University of Amsterdam): Being Realistic and Demanding the Impossible
Gábor Zoltán Szűcs (Institute for Political Science, HAS): Three Models of Realist Anti-Moralism
Carla Yumatle (Brown University): No Domination, No Politics: The Failings of Normative Political Theory

10:15-10:30 - Coffee break

10:30-11:25 - Section 5: Uses of Realism
Gulsen Seven (Bilkent University): Political Realism and a Theory of Good Reasons
Blair Peruniak (Oxford University): Republicanism and Refugees

11:25-13:00 - Lunch break

13:00-14:30 - Keynote Lecture: Duncan Kelly (Cambridge University): Élie Halévy's Intellectual History of the Great War

14:30-14:45 - Coffee break

14:45-16:00 - Section 6: Virtues and Realism
Gábor Illés (Centre for Social Sciences, HAS): Action in Realist Political Theory: Character and Political Virtues instead of 'Dirty Hands'
Dóra Kis-Jakab (Institute of Philosophy, HAS / ELTE University): Thomas Aquinas' Approach to the Best Government of Human Communities
Nicole Hassoun (Cornell University): Against Realism in Political Philosophy: The Virtue of Creative Resolve

16:00-16:15 - Coffee break

16:15-17:15 - Section 7: Rational Choice and Realism
Matthew Rendall (University of Nottingham): Realism and Rational Choice
Zoltán Balázs (Corvinus University of Budapest): The Moral and the Political in the Philosophy of Bernard Williams