[SydPhil] Philip Pettit: Justice Social and Political

Martin Krygier m.krygier at unsw.edu.au
Thu Apr 17 15:01:02 AEST 2014

The UNSW Network for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law
invites you to attend
an evening seminar:

Philip Pettit


Justice Social and Political

THURSDAY, 15 MAY, 2014
Dean's Board Room, 2nd Floor

DRINKS: 5.30 - 6.00 pm
Would those interested in attending the seminar please let Martin Krygier (m.krygier at unsw.edu.au<mailto:m.krygier at unsw.edu.au>) know ahead of time.

The justice of a society has two dimensions, social and political. Social justice dictates how well members should compare with one another within the basic structure of the society. Political justice dictates how far they should share in controlling the shape of that basic structure. The two ideals may be in competition, however: the democratic society that answers to your ideal of political justice, for example, may not endorse your ideal of social justice. And so they raise an issue of priority. This paper offers three arguments for the priority of political justice, in particular for a certain version of democracy.

Phillip Pettit is Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University, where he has taught political theory and philosophy since 2002. He also spends Spring semester for each of a numbers of years in the Australian National University as Distinguished Professor of Philosophy. He was elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009, honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2010 and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2013; he has long been a fellow of the Australian academies in Humanities and Social Sciences. He holds honorary professorships in Philosophy at Sydney University and Queen's University, Belfast and has been awarded honorary degrees by the National University of Ireland (Dublin), the University of Crete, Lund University, Universite de Montreal and Queen's University, Belfast. Common Minds: Themes from the Philosophy of Philip Pettit appeared from OUP in 2007, edited by Geoffrey Brennan, R.E.Goodin, Frank Jackson and Michael Smith.
He works in moral and political theory and on background issues in the philosophy of mind and metaphysics. His recent single-authored books include The Common Mind (OUP 1996), Republicanism (OUP 1997), A Theory of Freedom (OUP 2001), Rules, Reasons and Norms (OUP 2002), Penser en Societe (PUF, Paris 2004), Examen a Zapatero (Temas de Hoy, Madrid 2008), Made with Words: Hobbes on Mind, Society and Politics (PUP 2008) and On the People's Terms: A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy (CUP 2012). His recent co-authored books include The Economy of Esteem (OUP 2004), with Geoffrey Brennan; Mind, Morality and Explanation (OUP 2004), a selection of papers with Frank Jackson and Michael Smith; A Political Philosophy in Public Life: Civic Republicanism in Zapatero's Spain (PUP 2010), with Jose Marti; and Group Agency (OUP 2011), with Christian List, LSE. He is currently finalizing the text of the 2009 Blackwell Lectures in Philosophy, Brown University: Morality and its Place in Nature (Wiley Blackwell); and the text of the Uehiro Lectures in Ethics at Oxford University, 2011: What We do for Each Other: The Robust Demands of Attachment, Virtue and Respect (OUP). Also forthcoming is a book with W.W.Norton for a general audience, entitled Just Freedom: A Moral Compass for a Complex World. He is giving the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Berkeley in 2014-15.

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