Academic year
Andrew Williams
Department of Philosophy
Universitat de Barcelona
Itinerary 2 Practical Philosophy
Module 5. Research Seminar in Practical Philosophy



Métodes de Recerca en Filosofia Política


Aphil Master in Analytic Philosophy



This course is structured in four different academic activities: the required assistance and participation in three events organized at Pompeu Fabra University; and a required writing of a short essay to be presented before June 15th, the qualification of which will account as the final grade obtained in the course.


The persons in charge of organizing these activities, responsible for mentoring the students in writing the essays, and grading them at the end of the course, are: José Luis Martí, Andrew Williams, and Paula Casal


The four activities are the following:


(1) Assistance to a Reading Group on Ronald Dworkin’s Justice for Hedgehogs


Organized by: Andrew Williams

At: room 40.043, Roger de Lluria Building

Ciutadella Campus, Pompeu Fabra University


This reading group will meet every Monday from 2pm to 4pm, in order to discuss collectively each chapter of the book, and prepare the workshop in May (see below). Every attendant is required to read every session’s chapters in advance.


Starting date: Monday January the 24th. Students of Métodes may join the group no later than Monday February the 7th.


Reading for the first session (Jan 24th): Chapters 1 and 2 of Ronald Dworkin’s Justice for Hedgehogs (Cambridge: Belknap Press, 2010).



(2) LEAP Lectures


Two “Law, Ethics And Philosophy (LEAP) Lectures” will be delivered in the next months, one at UPF and the other at UB, in April and May respectively. The assistance to both Lectures is required.


The Lecture at UPF will take place on April 29th and it will be delivered by Michael Smith. The place will be announced soon.


The Lecture at UB will take place on May. The place, the concrete date and the name of the lecturer will be confirmed as soon as possible.



(3) Workshop on Dworkin’s Justice for Hedgehogs


Organized by: Andrew Williams

Place: UPF (concrete place TBA)

Date: May 6th.


After the reading group on Ronald Dworkin’s Justice for Hedgehogs (see activity 1, above), a workshop on the book will be held at UPF on May. Ronald Dworkin will be present, introducing the workshop with an inaugural lecture, and then he will reply several specific critics invited to discuss his book. There will also be time for open debate and discussion.


Students of Métodes are required to assist to that workshop too, and are allowed to participate in the discussion as well.






(4) Short essay

All the students are required to write a short essay on legal, political or moral philosophy, preferably connected to the topics discussed in the three events of the course. Professors Martí, Williams and Casal will provide guidance and mentoring to choose a concrete topic and to develop the research and write the essay. This essay is supposed to develop a concrete point in discussion of one theory or one author’s view (i.e., Dworkin’s or Smith’s) in no more than 5,000 words. Its originality, its thoughtful insights, and its adequate structure and style, will be valued.