Department of Philosophy

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Philosophy

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The Brockington Visitorship presents:

David Estlund (Brown University)

“Prime Justice”

There are moral questions about what I should do given that I will behave wrongly in certain ways. Call these “concessive” moral questions. There are plausibly also concessive requirements in the area of social justice. But then there are also non-concessive requirements of justice. I explore the idea of fully non-concessive requirements of social justice as part of a broad “prime requirement” that is fully non-concessive about the behavior of all agents—it requires that all behave rightly. As one part, societies ought to be arranged in certain ways, yielding the idea of “prime justice.” I argue that, first, while it might seem that prime justice is bound to be utopian, this is not obvious. Second, however, I argue that it would not be a theoretical defect even if it were.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2016

WATSON HALL, ROOM 517 @ 4:00 p.m.

EVERYONE WELCOME

 

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