29 Mar

GRIPP Manuscript Workshop: Selinger, Philosophers of Parliament, Apr 28

Annual Montreal Political Theory Manuscript Workshop

William Selinger, Philosophers of Parliament: The Promise and Perils of the Legislature and the Origins of Liberalism

McGill University, New Chancellor Day Hall Room 316

April 28, 2017

The Groupe de recherche en philosophie politique de Montréal (GRIPP) is pleased to announce a one-day workshop dedicated to the 2017 winner of the Annual Montreal Political Theory Manuscript Workshop Award, “Philosophers of Parliament: The Promise and Perils of the Legislature and the Origins of Liberalism,” by William Selinger of Harvard University.

Format: To maximize the quality of discussion, participants are expected to have read the manuscript beforehand. The workshop comprises four sessions dedicated to the manuscript. Each session will begin with brief critiques of chapters of the manuscript, followed by a brief response by the author and general discussion.

Registration: The workshop is open to everyone, but attendance is by registration and limited in number. RSVP the workshop coordinator Saleema Nawaz Webster:

[email protected]

Manuscript:  Access to the manuscript requires a password, which all participants will receive upon registration. The protected manuscript is available here. (If you experience difficulty opening the PDF, ensure that your browser opens the file with the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.)


9:30 Welcome / accueil

9:45 – 11:30 Présidente: Ryoa Chung (philospophie, Montréal)

  1. The Eighteenth-Century House of Commons and the Origins of Liberalism

Commentator: Daniel Weinstock (law, McGill)

  1. Edmund Burke’s Theory of Parliamentary Politics

Commentator: Victor Muñiz-Fraticelli (law, McGill)


11:30 – 13:00 Lunch / Dîner


13:00 – 14:45 Chair: Catherine Lu (politics, McGill)

  1. The French Revolution and the Liberal Parliamentary Turn

Commentator: Robert Sparling (politics, Ottawa)

  1. Benjamin Constant and the Transformation of Liberalism

Commentator: Briana McGinnis (RGCS, McGill)


14:45 – 15:00 Coffee Break / pause café


15:00 – 16:45 Chair : Travis Smith (politics, Concordia)

  1. Democracy in America, Parliamentarism in France: Tocqueville’s Ambivalent Liberalism

Commentator: Jacob Levy (politics, McGill)

  1. John Stuart Mill and the Victorian Theory of the Legislature

Commentatrice: Dominique Leydet (philosophie, UQAM)


19:00 Dinner / Souper