"Modus vivendi"

Conference at the Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics

A conference on 8-10 July 2015 deals with the merits and problems of "modus vivendi", its limitations and challenges. It will take place at the Festsaal of the University of Münster (Schlossplatz 5). Capacities for participants are limited, so please register in advance via the office of the Centre.


Modus vivendi

In recent years there has been an increasing interest among political theorists in the idea of modus vivendi as an acceptable or worthwhile basis for political arrangements, or as a way of thinking about how to understand such arrangements.

This conference is devoted to assessing both the merits and problems with a political theory of modus vivendi; considering how it might be interpreted and developed, its limitations and the challenges it needs to confront, and exploring its relationship to other political ideas and theories.

Papers address issues such as the relationship between modus vivendi and liberalism, political stability, the social contract, pluralism, political institutions, toleration, political realism and political legitimacy, as well as seeking to place ideas about modus vivendi in a larger theoretical and practical context.




Wednesday, 8 July 2015
10:00 Welcome and Introduction
John Horton (Keele) / Ulrich Willems (Münster)
10:30 – 11:30 Political Thought between Finality and Indeterminacy
Michael Freeden (Oxford)
  Coffee break
12:00 – 13:00 Modus Vivendi Liberalism: The View Outward
David McCabe (Hamilton)
14:15 – 15:15 Public Reason and Reconciliation
Steven Wall (Tucson)
  Coffee break
15:45 – 16:45 Modus Vivendi and Political Legitimacy
John Horton (Keele)
16:45 – 17:45 On Realist Legitimacy
Fabian Wendt (Hamburg)
Thursday, 9 July 2015
9:30 – 10:30 The Circumstances and Uses of Modus Vivendi
Ulrich Willems (Münster)
  Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00 Modus Vivendi and Toleration
Michael Kühler (Münster)
12:00 – 13:00 Modus Vivendi beyond the Social Contract
Thomas Fossen (Leiden)
14:15 – 15:15 Motives and Modus Vivendi
Katherine J. Schweitzer (Reno)
  Coffee break
15:45 – 16:45 Modus Vivendi and the Issue of Stability
Roberta Sala (Milano)
16:45 – 17:45 Institutions of Modus Vivendi Politics
Manon Westphal (Münster)
Friday, 10 July 2015
9:30 – 10:30 Understanding vs Governing Pluralism
Enzo Rossi (Amsterdam)
  Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00 Modus Vivendi in a Liberal Framework
Thomas Gutmann (Münster)
12:00 – 13:00 Normative Dimensions of Modus Vivendi
Fabian Wenner (Münster)
14:15 – 15:15 If Modus Vivendi is the Answer, what is the Question?
Matt Sleat (Sheffield)
  Coffee break
15:45 – 16:45 Artes Moriendi: Death and the State
Glen Newey (Leiden)


Conference impressions



Posted by Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics on Mittwoch, 8. Juli 2015