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Moral Philosophy and Politics

Editor-in-Chief: Schefczyk, Michael

Managing Editor: Schmidt-Petri, Christoph

Ed. by Meyer, Lukas Heinrich / Peacock, Mark / Schaber, Peter

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    Aims and Scope

    Moral Philosophy and Politics (MOPP) is an international, peer-reviewed journal which invites the submission of original philosophical articles on issues of public relevance. ‘Public relevance’ is to be understood in a broad sense. Of particular interest to the journal are the philosophical assessment of policy and its normative basis, analyses of the philosophical underpinnings or implications of political debate and reflection on the justice or injustice of the social and political structures which regulate human action.

    MOPP is committed to the ideal of clarity, evidence-based thinking and intellectual openness; interdisciplinary work and historical approaches will be considered as long as they are relevant to contemporary issues. MOPP will consider publishing both theoretical and meta-ethical work as well as work concerned with conceptual problems, if such work sheds light on political, moral, economic and social issues of contemporary societies. Contributors are expected to make clear how their work relates to these issues.


    Type of Publication:
    Politics; Ethics; Public Debates

    Submission of Manuscripts

    Submission of Manuscripts

    Call for Papers


    The events of the year 2016 have led many critical observers to doubt the stability and longevity of democracy. Ideally, democracy effectuates the rule of reason. Debates in elected assemblies and in society as a whole should serve the process of finding best reasons for political decisions. However, the mechanisms that currently produce such decisions are vulnerable to misuse. Arguably, they need to be redesigned in an attempt to make them “foolproof” – i.e., to design them in a way to make misuse inherently impossible or to minimize its negative consequences.

    Empirical evidence suggests that political agents may generally lack the required competence for deliberation and debate. Even very intelligent people systematically tend to focus on information that confirms what they already believe and dismiss information that contradicts it. Instead of seeking rational debate, people often cling to forms of modern tribalism. In addition, modern communication networks are swiftly replacing traditional print and broadcast news media. This shift presents deliberative democracy with opportunities but also risks, as these communication networks neither encourage a balanced exchange of information nor systematically check its quality.

    In view of these developments, the question of the desired relation between democracy, deliberation, and truth looms large. Moral Philosophy and Politics invites contributions that seek to articulate this relation from the viewpoint of philosophy and political science. Suitable contributions may address such questions as:

    • How, if at all, can we improve public opinion formation?
    • Is deliberation the best way to generate political decisions in modern democracy?
    • How can we make democracy more resistant to populism and other forms of mass manipulation?
    • Should politics be allowed (and perhaps even obligated) to exert influence on opinion formation in society?
    • Is there a way to methodically and impartially check the quality of debate in the public sphere?
    • Are political polarization and “echo chambers” a problem for democracy? And, if so, how can we guard against their formation and maintenance?
    • What ought to be the role of science and the humanities in the democratic process?

    Papers should be submitted before June 30, 2018 and should not exceed 8000 words; shorter articles will also be accepted for review.

    All submissions will undergo MOPP’s double-blind refereeing process. Please note that this process is not organized by the guest editors but by the journal’s founding editors who will also have the final word on publication decisions.

    The journal’s manuscript submission site can accessed here: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mopp

    Guest editors:

    David Lanius (Karlsruhe)
    Ioannis Votsis (London)

    Instructions for Authors

    Manuscripts can be submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mopp.

    Please follow the author guidelines before submitting a manuscript: https://www.degruyter.com/view/supplement/s21945624_Instructions_for_authors.pdf

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    Lukas Meyer, Graz; Mark Peacock, Toronto; Peter Schaber, Zürich; Michael Schefczyk, Lüneburg.

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    Editorial Information


    Michael Schefczyk (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)

    Founding Editors

    Lukas Meyer (Graz University, Austria)
    Mark Peacock (York University, Canada)
    Peter Schaber (Zürich University, Switzerland)
    Michael Schefczyk (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)

    Managing Editor

    Christoph Schmidt-Petri (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany)

    Editorial Board

    Elizabeth Anderson (University of Michigan)
    Arthur Applbaum (Harvard University)
    Dieter Birnbacher (Düsseldorf University)
    Rüdiger Bittner (Bielefeld University)
    Idil Boran (York University)
    John Broome (Oxford University)
    Simon Caney (Oxford University)
    Paula Casal (ICREA/Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona)
    Stephen Darwall (Yale University)
    Andreas Føllesdal (Oslo University)
    Rainer Forst (Frankfurt University)
    Stephen Gardiner (University of Washington)
    Stefan Gosepath (Frankfurt University)
    David Heyd (Hebrew University)
    Wilfried Hinsch (Cologne University)
    Duncan Ivison (Sydney University)
    Rahel Jaeggi (Humboldt University Berlin)
    Matt Matravers (University of York)
    Kirsten Meyer (Humboldt University Berlin)
    David Miller (Oxford University)
    Nenad Miscevic (Maribor University)
    Susan Neiman (Einstein Forum)
    Elif Özmen (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich)
    Nigel Pleasants (University of Exeter)
    Thomas Pogge (Yale University)
    Mathias Risse (Harvard University)
    Sam Scheffler (New York University)
    Thomas Schmidt (Humboldt University Berlin)
    Ralf Stoecker (Potsdam University)
    Adam Swift (University of Warwick)
    John Tasioulas (University College London)
    Leif Wenar (King’s College London)
    Andrew Williams (ICREA/Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona)
    Lea Ypi (London School of Economics)

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