Forum Annual Lecture and Conference

‘J.-J. Rousseau’* Annual Lecture and Conference



Friday, 17 February 2012
5.00 pm – 6.40 pm Conference Room
Claus Moser Research Centre, Keele University

John Horton (Keele): What Does It Mean for Political Theory to Be More ‘Realistic’?

Opening: Ann Hughes, Director of the Keele Research Institute for Social Sciences

Chair: Bulent Gokay, Head of the School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy


Friday 17 February 2012 (1-4.45 pm) and Saturday, 18 February 2012 (9.30 am – 1.15 pm)
Conference Room, Claus Moser Research Centre, Keele University


Sue Mendus (York): Contingency, Tragedy and Political Philosophy
Albert Weale (UCL): Social Contract and Associative Obligation
Glen Newey (Brussels): Political Obligation, Realism, Modus Vivendi
Rainer Forst (Frankfurt): Toleration and Its Paradoxes
Peter Jones (Newcastle): Modus Vivendi – the Best We Can Do?

NB: Please book early – places are limited. To register, please see the RegistrationForm.

Registration deadline: 3 February 2010. Registration after this date will incur a £5 administrative charge.

For further enquiries, email Sorin Baiasu at:


The KEELE FORUM FOR PHILOSOPHICAL RESEARCH is part of the Centre for the Study of Politics, International Relations and the Environment in the Keele Research Institute for Social Sciences. The Forum was officially launched in November 2008. Previous Annual Lectures were given by: Giuseppina D’Oro, Miranda Fricker and Stephen Engstrom.

Every year, the Forum organises the following events:

  • The Keele Forum Annual Lecture abd Conference
  • The Royal Institute of Philosophy Invited Lecture Series
  • The Philosophy Summer Seminar Series
  • Reading groups and special lectures
  • NEW: Postgraduate research seminars starting in February 2012


* Why the Jean-Jacques Rousseau lecture?  To begin with, 2012 marks the tercentenary of Rousseau’s birth; but there is also a reason why Keele in particular should celebrate this anniversary, for we hereby celebrate the true but very little known fact that Jean-Jacques Rousseau lived for a time in Staffordshire.  From 22 March 1766 to 1 May 1767 Rousseau lived in the little Staffordshire village of Wootton.  Rousseau had been invited to England by David Hume with whom he soon afterwards quarrelled.  He then spent the next year in seclusion in Staffordshire writing the first drafts of his Confessions.  When he was not writing it is said that he roamed the Staffordshire countryside in his Armenian costume studying wild flowers.  He must have made a striking figure.  Many years after his departure the locals remembered ‘Owd Ross Hall’, not just for his eccentricities but also for his gifts to local charities.  They believed he was a king in exile! (Stephen Leach)