The Idea and the Practice of Republicanism

27-29 October 2016, Łódź

Republicanism as a kind of political reflection has a long tradition going back to classical antiquity, Machiavelli, Kant, Montesquieu and the Founding Fathers of the United States. Since the seminal works of Quentin Skinner and Philip Pettit, it’s been intensely debated by political philosophers and theorists. Thanks to republicanism, especially Philip Pettit’s works, one can discuss anew the concept of liberty and be able to move beyond the fixed distinction between negative and positive liberty. Pettit proposed the understanding of freedom as non-domination, that is a structural independence from an arbitrary power. This idea proved fruitful and helped to conceptualize relations between freedom and the rule of law and to identify economic, socio-cultural threats to freedom and liberty. Contemporary republicanism expresses also an ideal of democracy of vital importance for the praxis of political and legal institutions of Europe and European civic society as well.

Thursday, October 27, 2016 (WPiA UŁ, Łódź, ul. Stefana Kopcińskiego 8/12,  sala Rady Wydziału)

17.00 – 19.30 Panel discussion (in Polish), Idea i praktyka republikańska dawniej i dziś

Participants: dr hab. Tomasz Bekrycht, dr hab. Dariusz Jeziorny, prof. dr hab. Andrzej M. Kaniowski, dr hab. Dorota Pietrzyk-Reeves, prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Rau

Friday, October 28, 2016 (WPiA UŁ, Aula Niebieska – sala 2.36)

09.00 – 09.30 Opening Ceremony
09.30 – 10.15 Prof. Georg Lohmann, The unredeemed republicanism of human rights and human dignity
10.15 – 11.00 Prof. Eduardo Charpenel Elorduy, Do we need a social contract for our republic? Contractualism and Republicanism in Kant
11.00 – 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 – 12.00 Dr Rafał Wierzchosławski, Opportunities and Limits of the Republican State, or Freedom as Non-domination in Theory and in Practice.
12.00 – 12.45 Dr hab. Dorota Pietrzyk-Reeves, New Republican Political Philosophy as a Challenge to Current Debates on Liberty, Justice and Democracy
12.45 – 13.30 Dr Marcin Gajek, Anti-political Politics as Misapprehension. On Unexpected Incarnation of Republicanism
13.30-14.15 Dr Ewa Wyrębska-Dermanović, World Republic, State of States or League of Nations? Kant’s Global Order Revisited
14.30 – 15.30 Lunch
15.30 – 16.15 Prof. Jan C. Joerden, Paradoxien beim Konflikt zwischen Verfassungsorganen
16.15 – 17.00 Prof. Andrzej Maciej Kaniowski, Die Idee des Republikanismus im Lichte des „freien »ich verbiete«“ und der zeitgenössischen Verfassungsgerichtbarkeit
17.00 – 17.45 Break
17.45 – 18.30 Prof. Christoph Horn, Liberalismus oder Republikanismus? Eine Konfrontation zweier Grundmodelle

Saturday, October 29, 2016 (WPiA UŁ, sala 2.46)

09.00 – 09.45 Dr Joanna Miksa, The Republican Ideals in the Policies of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero’s Government in Spain (2004-2011)
09.45 – 10.30 Dr Marek Tracz-Tryniecki, Andrzej Maximiliam Fredro on the Map of the Polish 16- and 17-century Republicanism

10.30 – 11.15

Dr Michał Rupniewski, Rawls and Republicanism
11.15 – 12.00 Mgr Bartosz Pokorski, The role of experience in the relation between the public realm and the private realm