Third Annual CAS Conference at the University of South Wales, Caerleon Campus, 31st Oct 2013

Keynote: Tony Lawson (University of Cambridge) ‘Why Bother with Social Ontology?’

The last decade has seen a resurgence of interest in Aristotle’s work among political, social and moral theorists – with identifiably Aristotelian themes and positions emerging in debates on issues from well-being to social ontology, and from management theory to the capabilities approach.  And as previously, there is a suitably broad remit for the third annual conference of the PSA’s Contemporary Aristotelian Studies Group.  Proposals are welcome on any aspect of Aristotelian thinking of contemporary social significance, across all relevant disciplines.  Contributions to the conference typically embody a wide array of focal points and applications, including (as broad examples):

  • Politics
  • Ethics
  • Sociology
  • Education
  • Political economy
  • Law
  • Social policy
  • Social justice
  • Equality
  • Diversity
  • The theory/practice relationship

Paper proposals from postgraduate research students are warmly welcomed.

For further details, or to submit a proposal, please contact:

or visit the website for registration

Deadlines:        for proposals, 21 August 2013

for registration, 10 October 2013

Fee:             £25

£15 for postgraduate students


2nd Annual Conference of CAS specialist group

Contemporary Aristotelian Studies 2nd Annual Conference, University of Nottingham, 18th July 2012

Following its successful launch conference at London Met in June 2011, the second annual conference of the Contemporary Aristotelian Studies specialist group of the UK Political Studies Association was held on 18th July 2012 at the University of Nottingham.

The conference preceded the 6th Annual Conference of the International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry on the theme of ‘Well-being’, also held at Nottingham from 19-21 July. Thanks to all those who participated. See below for keynote speakers.

Professor Eugene Garver (Yale Law School), author of Confronting Aristotle’s Ethics: Ancient and Modern Morality (University of Chicago Press, 2006) and Aristotle’s Politics: Living Well and Living Together (University of Chicago Press, 2012).  Title of Paper: ‘Aristotle’s Deliberation and Ours’

Dr. Tom Angier (University of Kent), author of Techne in Aristotle’s Ethics: Crafting the Moral Life (Continuum 2010); Either Kierkegaard/or Nietzsche: Moral Philosophy in a New Key (Ashgate 2006); ed. Key Ethical Thinkers (Continuum, 2012).  Title of Paper: ‘Public Policy and Happiness Research: An Aristotelian Critique’

Abstracts available here.

Contemporary Aristotelian Studies Panels at UK Political Studies Association Annual Conference.

CAS held a very interesting and successful panel at 2012’s Political Studies Association International Conference in Belfast. The panel took place on the first day of the conference and included papers from Dr Tony Burns (University of Nottingham), Prof James Connelly (University of Hull) and Kim Redgrave (London Metropolitan University). We look forward to organising panels for next year’s conference. If you would like to participate please email Dr Tony Burns to register your interest <>

CAS group inaugural conference, 3rd June 2011

The first annual conference of the Contemporary Aristotelian Studies specialist group of the PSA was held at London Met on 3rd June 2011, including papers by Alasdair MacIntyre (London Met), Kirsten Ainley (London School of Economics), Ron Beadle (Newcastle Business School), Keith Breen (Queen’s University, Belfast), and many others. Thanks to all those involved in organising the conference, who participated and who gave papers  it was a successful and memorable event. The group’s second annual conference will be on the 18th June 2012 at the University of Nottingham on the theme of ‘Well-being’. At the group’s AGM other future activities of the group were also discussed. We hope to host a panel at 2012 PSA conference to be held in Belfast and we also penciled-in our 2013 conference for the University of Wales, Newport. We look forward to an exciting year ahead and if you would like to join the group and have a say in our activities then please see our Membership page.

Amendment of the Constitution voted on at AGM

At the Annual General Meeting of the Contemporary Aristotelian Studies specialist group, held on 3rd June 2011, two amendments to the constitution were proposed by the existing officers and voted on by members.  The first was that another officer position should be created of Webmaster in addition to the existing three officers of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. The second was that members should be able to call an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) if two thirds or more of the membership thought that an extra meeting was required in addition to the AGM. Both amendments were passed by the group members. Please visit our Constitution page to see the full document including amendments.