[SydPhil] Notification: Christine Sypnowich @ Wed 16 May 2018 13:00 - 14:30 (AEST) (Seminars)

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Title: Christine Sypnowich
NIMBYism and Public Bads


If You’re an Egalitarian, How Come You’re a NIMBY?

Political philosophy typically assumes the sovereign state with  
jurisdiction over a large, usually national, territory, a focus that has  
recently been challenged by salutary calls to attend to the macro politics  
of the international order, or the micro politics of the family.  However,  
still neglected is the politics of municipal jurisdictions, despite their  
significant implications for questions of social justice.  Moreover, the  
dimensions of social life regulated by local government are important  
sources of a life well lived, an antidote to the ‘neutralist’  
preoccupations of much contemporary political theory.  One example of  
controversy in local jurisdictions is the ‘NIMBY’ problem, a term used to  
characterise resistance to development policies by local inhabitants as a  
matter of personal, selfish interests being put ahead of the public good.   
In this paper I argue that the NIMBY appellation mischaracterises the  
issues at stake in the fights of community activists against unwanted  
development.  NIMBYs’ actions are usually rational and reasonable, and far  
from being at odds with the public good, they in fact may seek to ward off  
public bads, and thus shed light on the complex nature of human flourishing  
in communities.
When: Wed 16 May 2018 13:00 – 14:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Muniment Room, Sydney Uni
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