UPDATE: Philosophy: Security and Risk (11/30/03; e-journal issue)

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Contretemps: An Online Journal of Philosophy


Contretemps: An Online Journal of Philosophy, invites submissions for the
next issue (Contretemps 4) on the theme of =8CSecurity and Risk=B9.

Deadline for Submissions: 30 November 2003

Themes of security and risk play a decisive role in discourses of
free-market capitalism. Recently, these themes have exceeded their economic
boundaries. The global neo-liberal revolution in politics and economics, and
the consequent retreat of the state with respect to the welfare of its
citizens, has served to privatise the element of risk. While individuals
are encouraged to assume an entrepreneurial outlook and take responsibility
for their lives, a rising tide of neo-conservatism calls for more police,
more prisons, and increased security on all fronts. When security becomes
the basic principle of state activity, a critical stance toward issues of
security and risk must itself take a risk. At play is the event of
decision: who (or what) decides the place and limits of "security" and

What is philosophically at issue with respect to security and risk? What
assumptions and interests lie hidden in the appeal to security, and what
motivations underwrite the assignment of risk? What are the conditions and
consequences of contemporary risk society, and how do we measure its
effects? How does the appeal to security itself constitute a risk? When
world leaders propose the incalculable risk of a military escalation without
end, the difference between security and risk becomes undecidable. Is it
possible that the political rhetoric of security and risk masks a
fundamental loss of the right to decision =8B a loss that must remain hidden
if the state is to retain its sovereign legitimacy?

Contributors are asked to submit manuscripts of 6000 words on the following
possible themes:

The state and globalization
Terrorism, =B3War on Terror=B2
Sovereignty and state responsibility
Ideology and propaganda
Media and spectacle

Interdisciplinary papers are welcome.

Deadline for Submissions: November 30

Please visit Contretemps at http:www.usyd.edu.au/contretemps for submission

Submissions are to be sent electronically as an e-mail attachment in
Microsoft Word format to the following address.


Contretemps editorial board

Esther Anatolits
Mran-Maree Campbell
John Dalton
Tim Rayner
Peter Schmiedgen=20
Justin Tauber

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