Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Social Justice and Social Injustice

A workshop on 'Social Justice & Social Injustice', with Prof. Mathias Risse (Harvard), as part of President Higgins's Ethics Initiative.

As part of President Higgins’s Ethics Initiative, the Philosophy Department at UCC will host a free workshop open to the public from 1-4pm on Monday April 7th in the O’Rahilly Building UCC, Room G.27. The theme of the workshop is ‘Social Justice & Social Injustice’, with Professor Mathias Risse, Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, as the keynote speaker.

Ethics has been the forefront of President Michael D. Higgins’s concerns during his Presidency. He made this expressly clear in his inaugural speech on 11 November 2011: “...I also intend to hold a number of Presidency Seminars which may reflect and explore themes important to our shared life yet separate and wider than legislative demand, themes such as the restoration of trust in our institutions, the ethical connection between our economy and society, the future of a Europe built on peace, social solidarity and sustainability.”

With these words President D. Higgins set in motion a process that has seen a number of events organised across Ireland in response to this call to explore the ethical fibre of our society, and the moral challenges we face both domestically and internationally.

Keynote speaker Professor Mathias Risse is one of the most influential contemporary political philosophers. He is the author of two prominent works, both published in 2012, ‘On Global Justice’ (Princeton) and ‘Global Political Philosophy’ (Palgrave). Professor Risse will deliver a lecture on the subject of ‘Thinking About Justice’, where he defends the notion of distributive justice understood as capturing the most stringent moral demands while at the same time being broadly applicable.

The workshop will also include two other shorter presentations. Dr. Cara Nine (Philosophy, UCC), author of the award-winning book ‘Global Justice & Territory’ (Oxford 2012), winner of the American Philosophical Association 2013 Book Prize and the PSAI Brian Farrell 2013 Prize, will give a talk on ‘The Right Against Displacement and Justice’. This will explore the moral reasons against governments and corporations removing persons from their homes, and the implications that these reasons have for justice considered more broadly.

Dr. Vittorio Bufacchi, Head of Department of Philosophy at UCC, will give a short presentation on ‘Social Injustice and the Problem of Exclusion’, where the problem of exclusion from full and equal participation in the political process will be highlighted as a pervasive source of injustice, both nationally and internationally.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 1pm-4pm
Location: CACSSS lecture room, ORB G27
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € free
Contact: Dr. Vittorio Bufacchi

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