Call for Papers

Civil Society and the Market

C+T is soliciting proposals for a special themed issue on this topic.

Theorists of spontaneous orders, as well as their intellectual predecessors back to the Scottish Enlightenment, often discussed civil society as well as markets as fundamental to human flourishing. Relatively few have made in-depth studies of their interrelationship. Pursuant to this, C+T wishes to produce a themed issue exploring these relationships.  Among the questions potential authors might care to address include:

  1. What characterizes civil society?
  2. What role does the market play in civil society? Does it help maintain it? Undermine it? Both? Neither?
  3. What is the relationship of spontaneous order(s) to civil society?
  4. What insights do different theorists of civil society coming from different perspectives offer with respect to civil society and the market? This might include discussing varied writers such as Cornuelle, Etzione, Habermas, Hayek, Putnam, Oakeshott, and Elinor Ostrom.
  5. What is civil society’s relationship to cultural and/or religious diversity? How does the market impact this relationship?
  6. Of course other questions are open for consideration as well.

This issue will be edited by Gus diZerega. Please email Gus with proposals.

The deadline for proposals is June 1, 2017.

It is anticipated that this issue will be published in 2018.



3rd Cosmos + Taxis Conference

November 17-19, 2016: Bruno Leoni Institute, Milan, Italy


Cosmos + Taxis seeks abstract submissions from academics and practitioners with an interest in theories and applications of emergent phenomena in society. This includes but is not limited to Hayekian spontaneous orders; evolutionary theories of economies, cultures, and/or institutions; complex adaptive systems; and emergent spatial phenomena. We favor a multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary approach with a focus on social theory and empirical applications that shed light on processes of change. This conference is thus likely to be of interest to scholars in economics, history, human geography, management, philosophy, planning, political science, psychology, and, sociology.

Each accepted paper will be allotted 45 minutes of time, including both paper presentation and discussion. There are four overriding themes with associated sessions in this year’s conference, and each submitted abstract should provide information about its compatibility with one of the themes:

1. History of thought in emergent-order or emergent-organization theory
2. Emergent phenomena in space
3. Processes of institutional change
4. Empirical studies of emergent cultural, economic and/or political phenomena

An extended abstract (2 pages + key references) must be submitted no later than October 1, 2016. A selection committee consisting of editors of Cosmos + Taxis and representatives of the Bruno Leoni Institute will review all abstracts. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to present a paper at the conference. Conference papers are also submissions to Cosmos + Taxis, and will be subject to anonymous peer review and possible publication. Only rejected papers may be submitted to other peer-reviewed journals (accepted papers may however be reprinted as book chapters or summarized in mass media outlets).

There is no conference fee, and those participants who present papers will be provided with free accommodation (three nights) and meals while in Milan. Participants may apply for a travel subsidy, but this will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically to the Editor-in-chief of Cosmos + Taxis.


Emergence :: Improvisation :: Conversation

In jazz, collective improvisation offers musicians the freedom to reinvent, adapt and change. But that freedom is tempered by a shared overall objective: swing. The art of swing is the art of balance, of constant assertion and compromise.

Jazz music is a music of communication. It’s only about us listening to other people and trying to figure out what are they playing.

The arts are about imagining beyond the bounds of the known. They embrace the past and the future of the human mind and soul. Playing music can be both a model and a metaphor for important aspects of the lives our children will be called upon to lead.

Great jazz requires a strange alchemy of instinct and expertise, of empathy and teamwork from its musicians.

Jazz teaches you how to be a person, and how to ripen your personhood through empathy.

If you don’t have a cultural base, you don’t know who you are.

— Wynton Marsalis


Albert Gleizes, 1915, Composition pour Jazz

Cosmos + Taxis is soliciting papers to comprise a special themed issue on Jazz as an emergent cultural phenomenon. Philosophical, historical, sociological and musicological perspectives are most welcome so long as the key notions of Emergence, Improvisation and Conversation are engaged with. Discussion of these ideas can be suggestively extended to other realms of spontaneous order theorizing be it aesthetics, social epistemology, social theory, philosophy of social science, cognitive science, collective intentionality or permutations thereon.

Please send proposals to the Managing Editor by September 1, 2015. (Now closed)

Some suggested readings and viewing

Barnhart, Bruce. 2013. Jazz in the Time of the Novel: The Temporal Politics of American Race and Culture. University of Alabama Press.

Berliner, P. 1994.  Thinking in Jazz: The infinite art of improvisation. University of Chicago Press.

Burns, Ken. 2000. Jazz.

Gioia, Ted. 2011. The History of Jazz. Oxford University Press.

Johnson-Laird, P. N. 1991. Jazz improvisation: A theory at the computational level. In: Representing Musical Structure. Academic Press.

Koch, Katie. 2013. Jazz as conversation: Marsalis explores instincts, teamwork behind a good performance. Harvard Gazette.

Liebman, David. Why Jazz Education?

Marsalis, Wynton. 2009. Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life. Random House.

Medonca, D., & Wallace, W. 2005. Cognition in Jazz improvisation: An explanatory study. In: 26th annual meeting of the cognitive science society Chicago.

Myers, Marc. 2012. Why Jazz Happened. University of California Press.

Oakeshott, Michael 1962. The Voice of Poetry in the Conversation of Mankind. In: Rationalism in Politics and other essays. Indianapolis.

Powell, Lawrence. 2013. The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans. Harvard University Press.

Ryle Gilbert. 1979. Improvisation. In: On Thinking. Basil Blackwell.

Stove, David. 1991. Cole Porter and Karl Popper, or the Jazz Age in the philosophy of science. In: The Plato Cult: and Other Philosophical Follies. Wiley-Blackwell.