Moral Philosophy & Politics

Publisher: de Gruyter (Berlin/New York)

Founding Editors

Lukas Meyer (Graz University, Austria)

Mark Peacock (York University, Canada)

Peter Schaber (Zürich University, Switzerland)

Michael Schefczyk (Leuphana University, Germany / Editor-in-Chief)

Aims & Scope

Moral Philosophy and Politics (MPP) is an international, peer-reviewed journal which invites the submission of original philosophical articles on issues of public relevance. ‘Public relevance’ is to be understood in a broad sense. Of particular interest to the journal are the philosophical assessment of policy and its normative basis, analyses of the philosophical underpinnings or implications of political debate and reflection on the justice or injustice of the social and political structures which regulate human action.

MPP is committed to the ideal of clarity, evidence-based thinking and intellectual openness; interdisciplinary work and historical approaches will be considered as long as they are relevant to contemporary issues. MPP will consider publishing both theoretical and meta-ethical work as well as work concerned with conceptual problems, if such work sheds light on political, moral, economic and social issues of contemporary societies. Contributors are expected to make clear how their work relates to these issues.

Editorial Board

Elizabeth Anderson (University of Michigan)                                               Arthur Applbaum (Harvard University)

Dieter Birnbacher (Düsseldorf University)                                                   Rüdiger Bittner (Bielefeld University)

Idil Boran (York University)                                                                             John Broome (Oxford University)

Simon Caney (Oxford University)                                                                  Paula Casal (ICREA/Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona)

Stephen Darwall (Yale University)                                                                Rainer Forst (Frankfurt University)

Stephen Gardiner (University of Washington)                                            Stefan Gosepath (Frankfurt University)

David Heyd (Hebrew University)                                                                    Wilfried Hinsch (Cologne University)

Duncan Ivison (Sydney University)                                                                Rahel Jaeggi (Humboldt University Berlin)

Matt Matravers (University of York)                                                                 Kirsten Meyer (Humboldt University Berlin)

David Miller (Oxford University)                                                                      Nenad Miscevic (Maribor University)

Susan Neiman (Einstein Forum)                                                                  Elif Özmen (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich)

Nigel Pleasants (University of Exeter)                                                          Thomas Pogge (Yale University)

Mathias Risse (Harvard University)                                                               Sam Scheffler (New York University)

Ralf Stoecker (Potsdam University)                                                               Adam Swift (Oxford University)

John Tasioulas (University College London)                                              Leif Weinar (King’s College London)

Andrew Williams (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona)                         Lea Ypi (London School of Economics)

For more information, see the journal's homepage:

The journal’s manuscript submission site can be found under:

Calls for Papers


Normative Aspects of International Trade Agreements

Moral Philosophy & Politics invites contributions to a special issue focusing on the normative aspects of international trade agreements. Mega-regional trade deals such as TPP, TTIP, CETA and TISA have become the focus of intense public debate as well as a central theme in populist politics. The US 2016 elections have created further uncertainty about the fate of some of the proposed deals. There is however an undiminished necessity to address enduring normative questions concerning the current infrastructure of world trade. Many advocacy groups’ criticisms of trade deals such as TTIP are not founded on fundamental opposition to free trade. They support free trade but insist that trade agreements must be made consistent with democratic regulation, the reduction of economic inequalities, and effective consumer, labour and environmental standards. This special issue will bring together empirically informed normative perspectives to determine whether and how such goals could be achieved through international trade institutions. Contributors are invited to approach this topic from different angles. Theories of democracy and justice within and beyond the state, as well as normative philosophy of economics, might be used to concretely tackle questions such as the following:

  • Which procedural standards should be met in the negotiations on international trade agreements before their implementation?

  • How should the influence of different stakeholder groups, such as consumer protection and environmental groups, worker representations, and businesses, be balanced and made transparent in the negotiation stages?

  • How can corporate expertise be taken into account in this process without giving corporate interests too much weight?

  • How could EU institutions make trade deal negotiations with other trading partners more democratic?

  • Would bilateral and multilateral trade deals necessarily undermine democracy after their implementation, or could this be avoided by removing certain controversial elements such as investor-state-dispute-settlements?

  • Would the reduction of trading restrictions necessarily undermine normative standards (concerning e.g. health, data protection, labour standards, financial regulation, the environment)? How could this be avoided?

  • How might mega-regional trade agreements outside of the WTO either undermine or promote social justice within and across nations? Which role can the WTO play?

  • Is there a trade-off between economic integration and national sovereignty, and where should the balance lie?

  • Which measures could be used to evaluate the effects of trade agreements on the least-advantaged individuals in states excluded from the agreements?

  • Which responsibilities do different agents (states, companies, NGOs, consumers and citizens) have concerning international trade deals?

Papers should be submitted by the 31st January, 2018, and should not exceed 8000 words; shorter articles will also be accepted for review. The journal’s manuscript submission site can be found under: ?

Guest editor: Dr. Valentin Beck