Workshop: "Desert, Merit, and Responsibility"


Monday October 16, 2023
9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Queen's University

Queen’s University's departments of Political Studies and Philosophy are delighted to invite you to participate in a hybrid, pre-read workshop ‘Desert, Merit, and Responsibility’, on October 16, 2023.


09:00 - 09:45 Huub Brouwer and Dick Timmer - "If You are a Desertist, Why don’t you Defend Limits?"

09:45 - 10:30 Anca Gheaus - "Fair Equality of Opportunity in Unjust Circumstances"

10:30 - 11:15 Andrew Lister - "Egalitarianism Without the Moral Arbitrariness Thesis"

11:15 - 11:30 Break

11:30 - 12:15 Tammy Harel Ben Shahar and Nethanel Lipshitz - “Justice for Grasshoppers: Reassessing Effort"

12:15 - 13:00 Richard Arneson - "Some Puzzles about Desert"

Each speaker will have a 45-minute time slot including a 5-minute introduction by the speaker and a 10-minute response by a commentator, followed by 30 minutes of general discussion. Participants are expected to have read the papers before participating in the workshop. 

To sign-up and receive the draft papers that will be presented at the workshop, please fill out the attendance form (linked). It is possible to participate either in-person or online. The registration deadline for in-person attendance is October 6. There are only a limited number of seats available for in-person participation. The registration deadline for virtual attendance is October 12.