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2-3 year Postdoc (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Political Philosophy
AOS categories Social and Political Philosophy
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 2
Location Mount Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel
Start date Flexible. As early as Jan 2024, as late as fall 2024.
Job description

These postdocs are a part of a 5-year funded project, "Liberalism Rekindled". 
Liberalism is in crisis. Such liberalism – the political philosophy roughly characterized in terms of a commitment to individual liberty and autonomy, basic equality, some rationalist and universalist aspirations, and some version of liberal democracy – is not just, in some parts of the world, losing grounds. It has also become harder to defend it philosophically. Objections have arisen both from the right and the left, and some of these objections cannot be easily dismissed. One possible response to this predicament is to abandon liberalism altogether. But the current research project is motivated by the thought that liberalism’s underlying values and commitments remain, pretty much, true as ever. It’s just that the way to defend liberalism is not to respond to some leading objections to it in a minimal way. The way forward is to fully understand the insights underlying such objections, and reconceive liberalism in a way that fully accommodates them.

The project includes more specific work packages on flawed consent, power and truth, freedom of speech, liberalism and identity, liberalism and democratic theory, and the relation between political philosophy and politics). For more details, see here.

Post-docs will be expected to work on issues related to the project (broadly understood), to cooperate with the PI (David Enoch) and with each other, to participate in weekly or bi-weekly group meetings (in person or on-line, and to take part in organizing conferences.

There will be flexibility, within reasonable bounds, about the topics, and about residency – while the position will be based at the Hebrew University, and some meetings and events will be in-person, many of the meetings will be held online, and post-docs will be able to spend much of their time elsewhere.

The postdoc position is for two years, with an option of a third year (depending on academic and administative approval). 

How to apply
Application type Email
- Cover letter, specifying relation to the project, and to the specific work package. - CV. - A representative paper (published or unpublished). - One reference letter (may be sent directly by the reference-writer).
Email to apply
Hard deadline November 1, 2023, 11:59pm +02:00
Web address for more information https://davidenoch.huji.ac.il/liberalism-rekindled
Contact name David Enoch
Contact email
Time created September 26, 2023, 7:30pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date November 1, 2023, 11:59pm +02:00
Expired on November 3, 2023, 12:46am +02:00
Last updated November 2, 2023, 10:46pm UTC
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