Talk on Global Justice

October, 26, 2011
12:00 - 1:30pm
326 Holmes

Please join us for a lunchtime discussion on conceptions of global justice, led by Stephen Nathanson (Professor of Philosophy).

Debates about global justice are complicated because they are at the intersection of two different problems. The first problem is the nature of justice: what constitutes a just distribution of some good or treatment? The second problem is the tension between equality and partiality. Does the principle of justice require the same treatment of all people or does it permit or require people to give preference to subgroups such as one’s friends, family, or nation? Unless we can answer both of these questions—What is justice? Must the same demands be applied equally to all?—we will not be able to understand what a commitment to global justice actually requires.

Prof. Nathanson will discuss a number of competing views on both aspects of this problem.