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Publié le mardi 30 octobre 2018 par Anastasia Giardinelli

Résumé

What are the normative assumptions and solutions proposed to develop morally right or wrong compromise typologies? Can we develop a universal ethics of compromise or does compromise vary depending on the socio-cultural history of a country? To what extent is culture relevant in shaping types and norms of compromise? The conference aims, firstly, to understand how to distinguish a compromise from a compromise of principles; what constitutes an ethical or fair compromise? Second, it will analyze if practices of compromise vary from one country to another. To do so, different types of compromise will be explored through geopolitical, philosophical, historical approaches, with a particular focus on Japan and Taiwan. This symposium will examine theoretical issues and practices associated with compromise, by adopting a global perspective. It will bring together contributions from European, American and Asian researchers.

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Presentation

The present conference, supported by PSL-Etudes Globales, seeks to expand the understanding of the controversial concept of compromise in its transnational dimension, in order to test the relevance of a cultural and global approach to compromise.

The main questions addressed will be: What are the normative assumptions and solutions proposed to develop morally right or wrong compromise typologies? Can we develop a universal ethics of compromise or does compromise vary depending on the socio-cultural history of a country? To what extent is culture relevant in shaping types and norms of compromise?

The conference aims, firstly, to understand how to distinguish a compromise from a compromise of principles; what constitutes an ethical or fair compromise? Second, it will analyze if practices of compromise vary from one country to another. To do so, different types of compromise will be explored through geopolitical, philosophical, historical approaches, with a particular focus on Japan and Taiwan. 

This symposium will examine theoretical issues and practices associated with compromise, by adopting a global perspective. It will bring together contributions from European, American and Asian researchers.

1. Compromise standards

Compromise is a polemical conceptual object, sometimes being praised, sometimes being disputed. Avishai Margalit (2010) explains these contradictory attitudes by a confusion between a "rotten" compromise, and a "necessary" compromise to achieve social peace. Similarly, Richard Bellamy (1998) insists on the distinction between a weak compromise, or "shallow compromise", and a "deep" compromise. A number of political theorists and philosophers have also paid attention to the attractive normative features of this decision-making process (Hampshire, 2001; Arnsperger, Picavet, 2004).

In the face of a serious moral disagreement, or in a conflictual situation, is there such thing as a principled compromise (May, 2005) to settle moral and political dilemma? Is compromise a virtue, or is it a pragmatic need, the only possible solution to exit violence? Under what circumstances and to what degree is it justifiable to resort to compromise -in other words, are there degrees of compromise, from accommodation to sacrifice of fundamental principles?

Contributions in Area 1 can include, but are not limited to, the following topics: 1) compromise definition and epistemology 2) compromise typology and its relationship with other forms of negotiations 3) compromise legitimacy as a mean to exit violence.

2. Cultures of Compromise: Asian & Multicultural approaches

This part will combine an empirical with a theoretical analysis to understand if it is possible for philosophers to distinguish a prevalent attitude towards compromise. Can we consider compromise as a cultural process and test the relevance of cultural uniqueness in decision-making?

Contributions in Area 2 would necessarily have to fit in one of the following topics:

The first topic will concern the various spaces of compromise production, either in the works of Japanese and Taiwanese philosophers, or through socio-economic phenomena specific to Japan and Taiwan, in order to better grasp the relevance of a reciprocal causality between the practice of compromise and a given culture.

The second topic will question the relationship between multiculturalism and compromise: a liberal-pluralist perspective tends to value compromise for its ability to create a more inclusive, multicultural common culture, seen as an accommodating way to find common grounds on opposing opinions. But are minorities or States willing to compromise in negotiations, when the arrangements are not necessarily respected or enforced?

3. Global Governance and Compromise

Contributors in the third area will try to propose frameworks of thought in order to take into account both "local" aspect of compromise alongside compromise defined in terms of "global ethics and justice" (Widdows 2012). While contemporary political philosophers have focused on justice within the State, new questions arise about responsibilities and principles to guide international action (Pogge, 2002). Can compromise be a fair way to deal with global governance on issues such as politics of human rights, immigration and environment?

Topics can include, but are not limited to, analysis of compromise through global environmental/ economic justice, military intervention, and proposals of new theoretical models to propose an ethics of compromise at an international and global level.

The objectives of the symposium are to constitute an international network of researchers working on the concept of compromise from a historical, philosophical, sociological point of view; to highlight the contributions of Asian researchers on this issue; to explore the global and transnational dimension of compromise.

The conference will be held in EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), in Paris, from March 7, to March 8, 2019.

The official language of communication is English. Each communication will last 20 minutes. Lunch will be taken charge of, but participants are expected to ask their home institutions for some  reimbursement of accommodation and transport costs.

Submission Guidelines

Abstracts (title, summary of 1000 words, indication of the area in which the proposal fits) are expected

no later than November 1, 2018

They have to be addressed at the following address: globalethicsofcompromise@gmail.com

Full papers should be sent on January 30, 2019 at the latest.

Scientific Committee

  • Prof. Luc Foisneau (EHESS, CESPRA)
  • Prof. Emmanuel Picavet (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Nosophi)
  • Prof. Christian Thuderoz (Insa, Lyon)
  • Prof. Michel Dalissier (University of Kanazawa, Japan)
  • Samia Fehrat (University Paris-Nanterre)

Organizer

  • Mrs Laure Gillot-Assayag, PhD fellow in Political Studies (EHESS)

For further information

E-mail address: globalethicsofcompromise@gmail.com

Official Website: globalethicsofcompromise.wordpress.com

Facebook Page: International Colloquium on Global Ethics of Compromise

Lieux

  • EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) - 105 boulevard raspail
    Paris, France (75)

Dates

  • jeudi 01 novembre 2018

Mots-clés

  • éthique ; compromis ; philosophie ; global studies ; politique ; moralité ; ethics ; compromise ; philosophy ; morality

Contacts

  • Laure Gillot-Assayag
    courriel : assayag [dot] laure [at] gmail [dot] com

Source de l'information

  • Laure Gillot-Assayag
    courriel : assayag [dot] laure [at] gmail [dot] com

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« Global Ethics of Compromise », Appel à contribution, Calenda, Publié le mardi 30 octobre 2018, https://calenda.org/495947

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