Equality, Opportunity and Difference

Course summary

  • Sat 13 Jan 2018 to Sun 14 Jan 2018
  • 2.45pm Sat - 1.00pm Sun
  • Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA
  • From £77.00
  • Course code O17P140PHR
  • ppdayweek@conted.ox.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1865 270380
  • Applications being accepted

Equality, Opportunity and Difference



Overview

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.

Programme details

SATURDAY 13 JANUARY 2018

 

2.45pm         Course Registration

 

3.00pm         Distributional and Relational Equality

                     JO WOLFF

 

4.30pm         Tea / coffee

 

5.00pm         Equality and Difference

                     EMILY MCTERNAN

                   

6.30pm         Break / bar open

 

7.00pm         Dinner

 

8.15pm-        Equality of Opportunity

9.30pm         JO WOLFF  

 

 

SUNDAY 14 JANUARY 2018

 

8.15am         Breakfast (residents only)

 

9.30am         Equality and Personal Relations

                     EMILY MCTERNAN

                                       

10.45am       Coffee / tea

 

11.15am       Q & A

Questions directed by MARIANNE TALBOT

 

12.30pm       Break / bar open

 

1.00pm         Lunch

 

2.00pm         Course disperses

 

 

Recommended reading

SUGGESTED READING:

 

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

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.

 

Unfortunately it is not yet possible to book twin room accommodation online, so if you wish to book a twin room, please send in your completed enrolment form or contact the Day & Weekend Events Office, Email: ppdayweek@conted.ox.ac.uk; Telephone: + 44 (0) 1865 270380 / 270368.

 

Fees

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

Funding

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.

Concessionary fees for short courses

Tutors

Dr Emily McTernan

Speaker

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

Speaker

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).

Application

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