CFP: ON THE SCOPE OF DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE: Relational and Non-relational Views


Organized by the Department of Political Science, CEU and the Global Justice Network

  July 5-7, 2012, Central European University, Budapest

Keynote speakers:

Simon Caney (Oxford University)

Samuel Scheffler (New York University)

Should duties of distributive justice extend to humanity at large or be limited to compatriots? The debate about the proper scope of distributive duties explores whether the concern with individual distributive shares is grounded in our shared humanity, as cosmopolitans claim, or rather duties of justice arise only among those who are subject to the same coercive political institutions, participate in a shared social practice, or share in the same culture, as proponents of the so-called practice-dependent view hold. Parallel to this debate, discussions in the theory of justice have focused increasingly on the problem whether an egalitarian distribution of social resources has independent moral significance, as distributive conceptions propose, or instead any profile of distribution is morally desirable only insofar that it advances egalitarian social and political relations, as social-relational conceptions of justice claim. The workshop aims to bring together these two debates in contemporary political theory, with the expectation that insights from one may shed new light on problems discussed in the other. We especially welcome papers that aim to bridge the two problems, but also interested in papers with new insights in either of the two fields. We welcome papers that discuss general theoretical problems as well as those with a practical political focus.

To apply, please send us an abstract of max. 500 words by January 30th 2012 to the email address

Accepted participants will be notified by March 1st, 2012.

For inquiries please write to Eszter Kollar or Zoltan Miklosi

Kind regards,

Eszter Kollar (JCU, Global Justice Network)

Zoltan Miklosi (CEU)

Andres Moles (CEU)

Orsi Reich (CEU, Harvard)

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