Egalitarianism Workshop 2012

Egalitarianisms: Current Debates on Equality and Priority in Health, Wealth, and Welfare

March 30th -31st, 2012

McGill University, Montreal, Canada


  • Ralf Bader (NYU) "Egalitarianism, Prioritarianism and Impersonal Good"
  • Nir Eyal (Harvard) "Against Fair Chances"
  • Iwao Hirose (McGill) "Egalitarianism and Time"
  • Nils Holtug (Copenhagen) "Welfare Luck Egalitarianism and Expensive Tastes"
  • Adina Preda (Universite de Montreal) "Equality in What? or When?"
  • Shlomi Segall (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) "Rescuing Justice from Rescue Cases"
  • Bekka Williams (Wisconsin, Madison) "Capabilities and Limited Transitivity"
  • Kristin Voigt (McGill) "Why Should Luck Egalitarians be Interested in Social Inequalities in Health?"

Workshop Description

Egalitarian theories of distributive justice have recently encountered fundamental challenges. Is egalitarianism susceptible to the leveling down objection? Is it less plausible than prioritarianism? Does it support reducing the inequalities resulting from brute luck, but not option luck? Does it aim to equalize the distribution of welfare at each time or over a lifetime? What does egalitarianism make of the strong correlation between inequalities in health and inequalities in socio-economic conditions? In this two-day workshop, we will discuss current theoretical issues and seek common and unified grounds for future research into egalitarian theories of distributive justice.  

Call for Papers

We invite high quality papers on the recent philosophical challenges to egalitarian theories of distributive justice. We will include at least 5 submitted papers in the program. Papers should be suitable for blind-review and no longer than 6,000 words (must include a 200 word abstract in the first page). Please submit paper (Word or PDF file) through We welcome submissions from graduate students. For accepted papers, the organizers will cover the cost of accommodation (up to 3 nights in downtown Montreal) and workshop banquet.

Deadline for submission: November 20, 2011 (Notification of acceptance by December 20, 2011)

Attendance is free but registration is required as space is limited. 

Registration closed

This workshop is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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