Equality, Opportunity and Difference
If we were asked which principles we’d like to see govern our society, many if not most people in the West would refer to equality. Yet our society is currently more unequal that ever (on one measurement of equality). Few would advocate strict equality, according to which resources would be divided equally amongst everyone. Such a distribution seems guaranteed to ensure inequality. But if this is not what we mean, what do we mean? And what resources do we want to distribute equally – material goods, or goods such as well-being or happiness? Or is it that we want to ensure equality of opportunity, so that equality of outcome is not something that we aim for? During this weekend we will look at these difficult questions, and others. There will be plenty of opportunity to socialise with other participants and with the speakers.
SATURDAY 13 JANUARY 2018
2.45pm Course Registration
3.00pm Distributional and Relational Equality
4.30pm Tea / coffee
5.00pm Equality and Difference
6.30pm Break / bar open
8.15pm- Equality of Opportunity
9.30pm JO WOLFF
SUNDAY 14 JANUARY 2018
8.15am Breakfast (residents only)
9.30am Equality and Personal Relations
10.45am Coffee / tea
11.15am Q & A
Questions directed by MARIANNE TALBOT
12.30pm Break / bar open
2.00pm Course disperses
Distributional and Relational Equality:
Elizabeth Anderson, What is the Point of Equality? Ethics 1999
Jonathan Wolff, Equality: The Recent History of An Idea Journal of Moral Philosophy 2007
Equality of Opportunity:
Janet Radcliffe Richards, Equality of Opportunity Ratio 1998
G.A. Cohen Why Not Socialism? Princeton University Press 2009
Equality and Difference:
Charles Mills, 'Ideal theory as ideology' Hypatia 2005
Susan Moller Okin, Justice, Gender, and the Family, ch. 1 and 5.
Equality and Personal Relations:
Chiara Cordelli, Justice as fairness and relational resources, Journal of Political Philosophy 2015
Laura Valentini, II—What’s Wrong with Being Lonely? Justice, Beneficence, and Meaningful Relationships. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 2016.
Accommodation for this weekend is at Rewley House for Saturday night only.
Depending on availability it may also be possible to extend your stay, please enquire at the time of booking for availability and prices.
All bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.
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Tuition (includes tea/coffee): £77.00
Baguette Sunday only: £4.70
Dinner Saturday: £19.00
Lunch Sunday: £13.50
Single B&B Saturday Night: £75.85
Single Bedroom Only Saturday Night: £64.85
Twin B&B Saturday Night (per person): £54.35
If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.
If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.
Dr Emily McTernan
Emily McTernan is a Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, UCL. She is also Programme Director of the department’s MA in Legal and Political Theory.
Ms Marianne Talbot
Director of Studies
Marianne Talbot B.A., B.Phil., has been Director of Studies in Philosophy at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education since 2001. She has written several of Oxford’s popular short online courses on Philosophy, and her podcasts (notably on critical reasoning) have been downloaded over 5 million times. Marianne specialises in logic, ethics and the philosophy of mind. The topic of knowledge is her particular current interest.
Professor Jonathan Wolff
Jonathan Wolff is the Blavatnik Chair of Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, having previously been Professor of Philosophy at UCL. His writings include An Introduction to Political Philosophy (OUP, 3rd edition 2016) and Ethics and Public Policy (OUP 2011).
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