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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. read more...

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CEU Summer University: Justice: Theory and Its Applications

The CEU Summer University
July 4-15, 2011
Budapest, Hungary


  • Peter Vallentyne, University of Missouri-Columbia, Department of Philosophy, Columbia, USA
  • Andrew Williams, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Catalan Institute of Research and Advanced Studies, Barcelona, Spain
  • Matthew Clayton, University of Warwick, Department of Politics and International Studies, Coventry, UK
  • Greg Bognar, New York University, NYU Center for Bioethics, New York, USA
  • Janos Kis, Central European University, Department of Political Science, Budapest. Hungary
  • Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Aarhus Universitat, Institut for Statskundskab, Århus C, Denmark

Course Directors:

  • Andres Moles, Central European University, Departments of Political Science and Philosophy, Budapest, Hungary
  • Zoltan Miklosi, Central European University, Department of Political Science, Budapest, Hungary

The problem of justice occupies a special place in contemporary political philosophy. In the words of its most influential figure, Rawls, “justice is the first virtue of social institutions”. That view seems to be shared by a majority of authors and theories. However, there is no comparable agreement regarding what justice demands, from whom and to whom. These questions have utmost relevance for political philosophers. However, their importance spill over other disciplines. Given that many choices policy makers make are distributive in nature, it is not surprising that issues of justice appear in many other spheres. In addition to dealing with purely theoretical issues, the course will revise some contexts which raise important questions about justice: education, health care, environmental issues, taxation.

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