Emanuela Ceva

Role: Associate Professor
Email: emanuela.ceva@unipv.it
Telephone: +39 0382 984542
CV file: [ita] [eng]




Etica pubblica
Filosofia politica
Italian politics and society

Office hours

"La prof.ssa Ceva è all'estero per motivi di ricerca dal 9/1 al
9/7/2018, pertanto il ricevimento studenti è sospeso durante questo
periodo. Gli studenti possono fare riferimento al Dr Michele Bocchiola
(m.bocchiola@unipv.it) per gli insegnamenti di Etica Pubblica ed
Ethics of Conflict Resolution e al Dr Francesco Chiesa
(francesco.chiesa01@unipv.it) per Italian Politics & Society.

Exam dates

Etica pubblica - Italian Politics & Society - Ethics of Conflict Resolution  Martedi 10/07/2018 11:00 Aula: Casip
Etica pubblica - Italian Politics & Society - Ethics of Conflict Resolution  Martedi 24/07/2018 11:00 Aula: Casip
Etica pubblica - Italian Politics & Society - Ethics of Conflict Resolution  Martedi 04/09/2018 11:00 Aula: Casip


Emanuela Ceva received a PhD in Political Theory from the University of Manchester in January 2005 with a thesis on Procedural Justice and Pluralism (supervisor: Prof. Hillel Steiner). Before that she graduated in Philosophy at the University of Pavia (2000) and completed her MA in Political Philosophy (The Idea of Toleration) at the University of York (2001).

In 2017, she received the Italian National Qualification as a Full Professor of Political Philosophy.

Academic curriculum

Emanuela Ceva is Associate Professor of Political Philosophy at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Pavia where she teaches Public Ethics and Ethics of Conflict Resolution. While she has been working at Pavia since 2005, she has held also several international positions. These include fellowships or visiting positions at the University of Jordan, the Center for Human Values of the Princeton University, the Technische Universität Darmstadt, the Nuffield College (Oxford), the Ural Federal University, the Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo), the University of St. Andrews, the Centre de Recherche en Étique de l’Université de Montréal, and the University of Kent. In Spring 2016, she held the 'John Stuart Mill' Visiting Chair in Social Philosophy at the University of Hamburg. In 2018, she will be Fulbright Research Scholar at the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics of Harvard.

She is the author of Interactive Justice (New York: Routledge - Studies in Contemporary Philosophy, 2016) and Giustizia e conflitti di valori (Milano: Bruno Mondadori, 2008). She has guest-edited numerous journal symposia and published three edited collections on themes of justice, legitimacy, diversity, and toleration: Lo spazio del rispetto (Bruno Mondadori 2012, with A. E. Galeotti); Justice, Legitimacy and Diversity (Routledge 2012, with E. Roosi); and Diversity in Europe. Dilemmas of differential treatment in theory and practice (Routledge 2010, with G. Calder). Her many articles have been published in such journals as Political Studies, Journal of Applied Philosophy, European Journal of Political Theory, CRISPP, Politics, Philosophy & Economics, European Journal of Philosophy, Journal of Social Philosophy, Social Theory and Practice, and Philosophy Compass. She is an Associate Editor of the journal Ethical Theory and Moral Practice and a member of the editorial boards of the journals Res Publica, Human Affairs, Il Politico and Notizie di Politeia. She has been Scientific coordinator of the European research project RESPECT (FP7 - http://www.respect.iusspavia.it/) and PI in the research project 'Feeding' Respect. Food Policies and Minority Claims in Multicultural Societies (http://feedingrespect.wordpress.com) funded by the Italian Ministry of Research. Since 2016, she's a member of the steering committee of the Italian Society for Political Philosophy and co-convener of the Political Theory Specialist Group within the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).

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Research interests

Emanuela Ceva's field of research is analytic political philosophy. Her interests include questions of political obligation and dissent, theories of democracy and equal respect, political corruption, and issues of value conflict and procedural justice.

She is currently developing three main lines of research:

Justice and value conflict: What response should just institutions give to the presence of value conflict in politics?

The first line of research concerns the 'management' of value conflict in politics. Theories of conflict management engage with the conflict dynamics and aim to transform the parties' antagonistic interaction into a cooperative one, without aspiring to resolve the conflict. The importance of the quality of the interaction between the conflicting parties has been widely acknowledged by scholars in the field of peace studies but has received surprisingly little attention by justice-driven political philosophers. The research aims to bring out the philosophical importance of the conflict management phase and to develop a procedural conception of 'interactive' justice capable of capturing the moral salience of this phase.

Democracy and equal respect: What response should democratic institutions, grounded in the principle of equal respect for persons, give to the claims of dissenting minorities?

The second line of research asks what it means for democratic institutions to treat with equal respect those ctizens who hold minority views and dispute, on that ground, the outcomes of a majority-driven decision-making process. There is a common tendency in the literature to address this question concentrating on the structure of institutionalized decision-making processes. The guiding hypothesis of the research is, rather, that fulfilling the commitment to respecting persons equally requires democratic theorizing to go beyond the decision-making phase and regard forms of ex post contestation (including such forms of illegal protest as civil disobedience and conscientious objection) as an extension of citizens' right to political participation.

Political corruption: What is wrong, in the sense of being unjust, with the corrupt behaviour of institutional actors within a liberal and democratic framework?

The corruption of public institutions is an issue that has been mainly debated by philosophers from a republican perspective, as an obstacle to the realization of the common good to the unwarranted benefit of individual interests. The original contribution of this line of research consists in discussing the issues of justice raised by political corruption from a liberal perspective as an instance of relational justice. From this perspective, this form of corruption is wrong because it undermines the relations of mutual accountability between citizens as the holders of rights and duties.

Works in progress

- 'Rescuing Democracy from Reductivism' (with V. Ottonelli).
- 'The practice of Democracy' (with V. Ottonelli)
- 'Progressing towards justice: The case of whistleblowing'.
- ‘Personal Trust, Public Accountability, and the Justification of Whistleblowing’ (with M. Bocchiola).
- Is Whistleblowing a duty? (with M. Bocchiola, book manuscript under contract for Polity Press)

Recent publications

Is Whistleblowing a Duty?, Polity, Cambridge, 2018 (http://politybooks.com/bookdetail/?isbn=9781509529650&subject_id=2), with M. Bocchiola.
Interactive Justice. A Proceduralist Approach to Value Conflict in Politics, Routledge, New York, 2016, http://www.routledge.com/Interactive-Justice-A-Proceduralist-Approach-to-Value-Conflict-in-Politics/Ceva/p/book/9781138676466
*Reviews: Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/68265-interactive-justice-a-proceduralist-approach-to-value-conflict-in-politics/); Ethical Theory & Moral Practice (http://rdcu.be/ksUW).
**Italian translation: La giustizia nelle interazioni, Giappichelli, Torino, 2017, forthcoming

"Political corruption", Philosophy Compass. 2017;e12461. https://doi.org/10.1111/phc3.12461 (with M.P. Ferretti - download: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/phc3.12461/full ).
See also the accompanying "Teaching and learning Guide on Political corruption", 2018;e12499

"Political Corruption, Individual Behaviour, and the Quality of Institutions", Politics Philosophy and Economics, 17(2), 2018: 216–31 (with M.P. Ferretti).

"The Legitimacy of the Supranational Regulation of Local Systems of Food Production", Journal of Social Philosophy, 46 (4), 2015: 418-33 (with C. Testino, F. Zuolo).

“Why Toleration is not the Appropriate Response to Dissenting Minorities' Claims”, European Journal of Philosophy, 23(3), 2015: 633-51.

"Political Justification through Democratic Participation: The Case for Conscientious Objection", Social Theory and Practice, 41(1), 2015: 26-50.

"Liberal Democratic Institutions and the Damages of Political Corruption", Les Ateliers de l'éthique/ The Ethics forum, 9(1), 2014: 126-45 (with MP Ferretti - http://www.erudit.org/revue/ateliers/2014/v9/n1/1024298ar.html).

“A Matter of Respect. On majority-minority relations in a liberal democracy”, Journal of Applied Philosophy, 30(3), 2013: 239-53 (with F. Zuolo).

“Whose Self-determination? Barriers to access to Emergency Hormonal Contraception in Italy”, The Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, 23(2), 2013: 139-67 (with S. Moratti)
***Featured article on the European Consortium for Emergency Contraception webpage (http://www.ec-ec.org/barriers-to-accessing-ec-in-italy/).

“Toleration”, in D. Pritchard (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy, Oxford University Press, New York, 28 May 2013, http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780195396577/obo-9780195396577-0064.xml?rskey=kuJohw&result=145&q=#obo-9780195396577-0064-div1-0009

“Just interactions in value conflicts: The Adversary Argumentation Principle”, Politics, Philosophy & Economics, 11(2), 2012: 149-70.

“Beyond Legitimacy. Can Proceduralism Say Anything Relevant about Justice?”, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 15(2), 2012: 183-200.

“Self-legislation, Respect and the Reconciliation of Minority Claims”, Journal of Applied Philosophy, 28(1), 2011: 14-28.

“Seeking mutual understanding: a discourse theoretical analysis of the WTO Dispute Settlement System”, World Trade Review, 9(3), 2010: 457-85 (with A. Fracasso).

“Values, Diversity and the Justification of EU Institutions”, Political Studies, 57(4), 2009: 828-45 (with G. Calder).

A full list of publications is included in the CV above.

You can access my papers on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) at http://ssrn.com/author=1839037