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Frankfurt School Verlag

Editors' Note, July 2016


Change of Editors and Relocation

The editorial team of RMM is about to change. As a consequence, RMM will no longer be published by Frankfurt School Verlag and physically relocate to Justus Liebig University, Giessen. Details will be relayed shortly. The URL of RMM will remain unchanged.

We are very grateful to the friendly people at Frankfurt School Verlag for their highly competent support of RMM over the last seven years. Thank you all!

Since the future of RMM was unclear in the last weeks, the Special Topic on David Gauthier's 'Morals by Agreement' (see the last Editors' Note) will be realized at a different place; it will presumably be published as a special issue of Dialogue.

We regret that, due to the organizational changes (including a transfer of the content to a new content management system), we have to suspend the submission of papers until the relocation is completed and the new system is working.


Editors' Note, December 2014


Special Topic "25 Years after 'Morals by Agreement'"

RMM announces a special topic collection of papers on David Gauthier's seminal book in volume 6, 2015. This special topic will be edited by Susan Dimock (York University,) Mohamad Al-Hakim (Florida Gulf Coast University) and Garrett MacSweeney (York University).

The editors would like to invite submissions to this special topic. The aim of the collection is to bring together current work on themes engaging with, and drawing upon, David Gauthier's work on rational-choice contractarianism. High-quality academic papers engaging with rational-choice theory, distributive justice and economic theory, and political theory are welcome. The focus of the submitted articles should not be on 'Morals by Agreement' in and of itself but instead an expansion on, and engagement with, themes from 'Morals by Agreement' in relation to current and emerging themes in moral, political and economic theory. We seek submissions that are focused on the special topic theme and rationality/markets/morals more broadly.

Deadline for submissions:
February 15th, 2015

For full submission details, including paper dimensions (e.g. length, format, etc.) as well as submitting information, please see 'How to Submit'.


Editors' Note, July 2013


Special Topic "Can the Social Contract Be Signed by an Invisible Hand?"

Tony de Jasay's critique (in Philosophy 85, 2010) of Bob Sugden's plea for a Humean version of contractarianism in RMM, Vol 0 motivated us to start a new "special topic" on the seemingly ever young idea of a social contract. We borrowed the title for this special topic from a 1978 paper of Hillel Steiner in which he argues against Robert Nozick's invisible hand conception of the emergence of the state. Within the 35 years since the publication of Hillel Steiner's paper different advances have been made in economics and philosophy that may well shed some new light on some of the fundamental issues in the debate about a contractarian conception of social order. It is a good time to discuss these issues anew.

This special topic will include contributions by Hillel Steiner, Anthony de Jasay, Bob Sugden, Jerry Gaus, Jan Narveson, Peter Vanderschraaf, Russell Hardin, and others. As always readers are invited to participate by submitting original contributions or comments to the papers of the special topic.


Editors' Note, May 2012


Special Topic "Coevolving Relationships between Political Science and Economics"

Elinor Ostrom, who was awarded the Nobel Award in economics in 2009 – jointly with Oliver Williamson – has participated in several research activities taking place at the ZiF (Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung) of the University of Bielefeld since the early 1980s. These included extended stays over several months and, most notably perhaps, her participation in the research year 1987/1988 in the project "game theory in the behavioural sciences" organized by Reinhard Selten. In that year professor Ostrom conducted some of her path breaking work on the commons that finally resulted in the publication of what should become her most influential book, "Governing the Commons", in which she rejected the thesis that "the tragedy of the commons" is inevitable.

In November 2011 the ZiF organized an author's colloquium to emphasize Elinor Ostrom's outstanding contribution to a truly interdisciplinary approach in all fields of social and political science (PDF Download). The colloquium comprised presentations from 'Field Research' and 'Experiments', on combining 'Multiple Methods' and, of course on 'Governing and Financing the Commons'. RMM offered to document papers from the colloquium in a special topic, which we will start shortly. The special topic bears the same title as and will begin with a paper that Elinor Ostrom prepared for presentation at the colloquium but could not deliver for personal reasons.

As always, RMM invites contributors and readers to submit comments to the papers of this special topic.


Editors' Note, August 2011


Special Topic "Statistical Science and Philosophy of Science: Where Do (Should) They Meet in 2011 and Beyond?"

Statisticians and philosophers of science ask many of the same general questions---questions that are entwined with long standing philosophical debates. Statistical science and philosophy of science are, or should be, connected by a two-way street: general philosophical questions about evidence and inference bear on the selection and interpretation of statistical methods; statistical methods bear on philosophical problems about inference and knowledge. RMM's first special topic, edited by Deborah Mayo, Aris Spanos, and Kent Staley, explores some entirely new traffic patterns on this two-way street.

Contributions to this special topic will appear shortly. As always, RMM invites contributors and readers to submit comments to the papers of this special topics.


Editors' Note, May 2010


Call for papers

Amartya Sen's recent book "The Idea of Justice" is put forward as a challenge to what Sen holds to be the predominant approach to justice in contemporary philosophy and marks as 'transcendentalism'. Justice is a matter of reason, but, argues Sen, there is no and cannot be a reasoned agreement on the nature of perfect justice. Moreover, no ideal conception of 'spotless' justice will help us solve the numerous problems of injustice easily identified in the real world. So Sen promotes a different 'comparative' account of justice whereby societies, practices and states of affairs are judged against actual and possible alternatives drawing on a plurality of views and conceptions of the good as expressed and argued for in public debate. Thorough economic and political analysis is at the heart of such moral reasoning. In expanding on and arguing for his conception of justice Sen expounds and integrates many of his well known ideas about welfare, capabilities, equality and liberty, democracy and human rights.

"The Idea of Justice" has immediately attracted the attention of the scholars in the field. Without doubt, it is an exceptionally resourceful and important contribution to the philosophy of justice. It is most instructive and illuminating but there is also plenty to argue with.

RMM invites contributions to a special topic:
Sen’s "The Idea Of Justice"

Contributions may discuss the general perspective on justice that Sen proposes, methodological aspects of his theory or particular material aspects and applications of his thought. Submissions will be subject to the regular review process.

There is no explicit deadline.  Contributions to a special topic in RMM are published continuously as soon as they passed the refereeing process. There will be no special issue (as RMM is not organized in issues). Contributions will appear on the latest entries page of RMM as well as on the respective volume page (in this case most probably 2010) and additionally on a special page containing all articles (and, hopefully, comments) on the specific topic. The topic will be open for additional contributions as long as there are interesting contributions to add, at least for the rest of 2010.


Editors' Note, January 2010

A new journal  
Rationality, Markets and Morals (RMM) is an international journal addressing issues at the intersection of philosophy and economics. Contributors are expected to approach economic problems from a philosophical point of view, to apply economic methods to the investigation of philosophical problems, or to explore the common foundations of both disciplines (see Aims and Scope for more details). Volume 0, available now, presents paradigm examples of RMM’s topical and methodological scope. It is a festschrift in honour of one of the editors, Hartmut Kliemt, who was invited to join RMM on the occasion of the festschrift’s presentation.

A new type of journal  
Owing to generous support by the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and Frankfurt School Verlag, RMM is an open access journal. Scholars and students can access and download any article without charge. We seek to keep the time from the original submission of a paper to publication in RMM as short as possible. All articles will be put online as soon as the review process is finished and the paper accepted. New articles appear at the top of the Latest Entries page. Thus, RMM will appear continuously and will not be divided up in issues. Users who subscribe to RMM will immediately be informed by email if there is a new entry in RMM (see Concept and Structure for more details).

All research articles passing an initial editor screening will be subject to rigorous double-blind peer review. In addition to original research articles, RMM will feature a discussion section with short articles and comments and a book review section. Contributions in these sections will undergo a simplified and faster review process (see Peer Review Policy for more details).

If you are interested in problems at the intersection of philosophy and economics, you are kindly invited to contribute to RMM (see How to Submit). A group of outstanding scholars is supporting this project as members of our editorial board. The internet offers us the opportunity to provide a high-quality journal that is nevertheless fast and accessible free of charge for scholars and students around the world. Let us jointly make the most of it.