COST Action CA17132 - APPLY
European Network for Argumentation and Public Policy Analysis

COST Action      Horizon 2020

WG2 meeting: Norms for public argument


Call for participation – APPLY HERE by 15 August


Dates: 1-2 October 2020

Location: Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

Type/tag: WG meeting

Resume:  A large part of the meeting will be spent on finalizing the draft of our state of the art paper on norms for public argument.


Expected keynote speakers:


Cristina Lafont
Harold H. and Virginia Anderson Professor of Philosophy

Her current research focuses on normative questions in political philosophy concerning democracy and citizen participation, global governance, human rights, religion and politics. She is the author of Democracy without Shortcuts (Oxford University Press, 2020), Global Governance and Human Rights (Spinoza Lecture Series, van Gorcum, 2012), The Linguistic Turn in Hermeneutic Philosophy (MIT Press, 1999), Heidegger, Language, and World-disclosure (Cambridge University Press, 2000), and co-editor of Critical Theory in Critical Times: Transforming the Global Political and Economic Order (Columbia University Press, 2017) and The Habermas Handbook (Columbia University Press, 2017). She has also published numerous articles in contemporary moral and political philosophy. In 2011 she was named to the Spinoza Chair at the University of Amsterdam, and in 2012/13 she was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin. She is the director of the Program in Critical Theory and co-director of the Research Group on Global Capitalism and Law funded by a “Big Ideas” grant of the Buffett Institute at Northwestern University.


Simone Chambers
Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Irvine

Simone Chambers has written and published on such topics as deliberative democracy, public reason, the public sphere, secularism, rhetoric, civility and the work of Jürgen Habermas and John Rawls.  She recently published an edited volume with Peter Nosco on navigating pluralism: Dissent on Core Beliefs: Religious and Secular Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2015). She works with the group Participedia gathering data on deliberative and participatory initiatives around the world and has also worked as consultant for the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.  She is presently working on a project entitled An Ethics of Public Discourse which applies deliberative theory to the broad and informal public sphere using a system approach.


We have arranged optional remote participation. We continue to hope that most of us will meet on site. We expect that this meeting will profit from the participation of members of Working Group 1 and Working Group 3. 

More details and final program will be available soon

Funding is available as per updated  COST rules


Local organizer: 
Gabor Zemplen
Associate Professor
Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Working group 2 Leaders:
Frank Zenker and Jan Albert van Laar

COST Action          Horizon 2020


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COST Action CA17132

Providing and criticising reasons is indispensable to achieve sound public policy that commands the support of both citizens and stakeholders. This need is now widely acknowledged in the recent literature and key EU documents, which highlight the perils of populist discourse and policies.

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