- Res Publica: A Journal of Legal and Social Philosophy invites submissions for a special issue (Volume 12/1): Respect
'Respect' is a ubiquitous, multi-faceted and frequently under-theorised concept in ethical, social, political and legal philosophy. While it is generally regarded as a 'good thing', exactly what kind of thing it is remains in many ways contested or opaque. What does it mean to respect another person? How does this relate to 'toleration', or 'recognition', or to dignity, merit or social status? Can, or should, respect for individuals translate into respect for groups, or ways of life? Where, or with whom, does the call to respect another become inappropriate? Is respect of any relevance in addressing social inequalities, or as a component part of social justice? How does it relate to questions of power? Does pursuing it risk the aggressive imposition of partial norms across diverse social contexts? How does respect for others relate to disrespect? Or to self-respect? Does the term merit its typically central place in professional codes of ethics? Can we respect the dead, or those yet to be born? Can the term coherently be applied to non-human entities (animals, the natural environment, property)?
For this special issue, to appear in early 2006, we aim to attract a range of treatments of these, and related, questions. We especially encourage the submission of papers relating issues of 'respect' to:
- Human rights
- Status recognition
- Social justice
- Professional ethics
... but we welcome submissions addressing any of the questions raised above, whether individually or in combination. All articles will be submitted to our standard process of double-blind review.
Deadline for submissions: 31 July, 2005
Maximum paper-length: 8000 words
For further information, please contact the co-editors of this issue:
Dr David Middleton, Open University: D.J.Middleton@open.ac.uk
Dr Gideon Calder, University of Wales, Newport: