Denmark, Aarhus

Egalitarian Justice

when 1 August 2011 - 26 August 2011
duration 4 weeks
credits 9.9 ECTS

Egalitarian Justice or luck-egalitarianism is arguably the most important and sophisticated tradition to have emerged in the wake of John Rawls’ path-breaching contribution to political philosophy and theory (A Theory of Justice, 1971). It is an attempt to elaborate one of the core intuition in Rawls’ work, namely that individuals should not face disadvantages due to arbitrary factors such as sex, class and natural talent. Three themes have been emphasized in the literature: (i) equality of what? That is, if we care about equality, which kind of equality should be in focus (welfare, resources, capabilities or something else)?; (ii) the site or scope of equality, that is, what is the target of egalitarian duties; do they concern coercive institutions only or do they concern individual acts within such institutions (for example, the distribution of benefits and burdens in the family) as well? And do egalitarian duties extend to the global level?; (iii) the value of equality, that is, is equality after all valuable, or should we focus on something else, for example, giving priority to the worst off or making sure that everyone has enough? The seminar examines the central theoretical contributions to these themes. Course offered by Department of Political Science, AU.

Course leader

Søren Flinch Midtgaard

Target group

Applicants must be at Master level

Course aim

The seminar module offers a more extensive and more thorough analysis of a topic from within political science. To this end, the seminar module provides an overview and a critical discussion of the literature and the issues relevant for the topic of the seminar.

The objectives for this module are:

Introduction to the main theoretical contributions to Egalitarian Justice

Introduction to the main themes of egalitarian justice

Critical examination of the main theoretical contributions

Fee info

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