April 25, 2008
The 2008 CSPT Spring Symposium on 'Reason of State' will bring together a number of distinguished theorists, historians, and philosophers for a sustained discussion of the history and historicity of 'reason of state,' both as concept and as practice. Our speakers will focus on key historical moments and theoretical problematics attending "reason of state" from its inception in the 16th century to its echoes and transformations in the 20th.
We hope this event will be of interest to scholars of history and theory from the U.S. west coast to the east, as well as points between. The conference is free and open to the public. We hope to have all papers posted before the event, be sure to check back for newly-posted papers. We do very much encourage all those who are not yet members of CSPT to join.
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*All talks to take place at UCLA, in 314 Royce Hall.
10:00 Opening Remarks
10:15 Session I - Moderator: Massimo Ciavolella, UCLA
"Prophetic Statebuilding: Machiavelli, Weber and the Passion of Cesare Borgia"
"From Secrecy to Transparency? Reason of State and Democracy"
12:00-1:30 Lunch break
1:30 Session II - Moderator: Lynn Hunt, UCLA
"Commonplace Kings: History and the Culture of Reason of State, 1580-1680"
"The Spirit of Revolutionary Law: Foundational Justice and the Politics of Legitimation in Republican France"
3:45 Session III - Moderator: Brian Walker, UCLA
"The Dualism of Realism and Moralism: Max Weber and Reason of State"
Reception to follow in Royce 306
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