The Rule of Distributive Justice: Equality or Sufficiency – University of Copenhagen

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The Rule of Distributive Justice: Equality or Sufficiency


The workshop centers on the question of what "rule" or "pattern" of distribution should govern distributive justice. In particular, the workshop will be focused on two comprehensively different answers to this question: Equality and Sufficiency. In other words, does justice require that everyone is given the same amount of resources or welfare? Or rather that everyone is provided with enough (e.g. to live a decent human life)?

Furthermore, if equality is the most plausible answer to questions of distributive justice, then how are we to acquire this? On the other hand, if sufficiency yields a more convincing argument, then how should we define a threshold for the decent human life?

The workshop will focus on these questions by invoking insights from recent political philosophy. It seeks to offer its participants a thorough presentation and discussion of the most plausible outlines and limitations of egalitarian and sufficientarian theory and thereby aims to serve as a framework for further discussion on distributive justice.

The workshop is of interest for academics working within normative or political philosophy, political science and law and who have an interest in distributive justice.

Time and place:

June 5-6, 2012

Aarhus University

Confirmed speakers:

Andrew Williams

Paula Casal

Carl Knight

Axel Gosseries

Simon Caney

Other participants:

Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen

Søren Flinch Midtgaard

David V. Axelsen

Andreas Brøgger Albertsen

Lasse Nielsen

Robert Huseby

Robert van der Veen


Registration is free. To register send an email to no later than May 18th incl. information on whether you wish to present a paper. Please enclose an abstract of no more than 250 words of the paper you want to present. Note that there are a limited number of places for presentations.

Submission of papers:

Full papers of no more than 6,000 words should be submitted to no later than May 30, 2012.


Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, David V. Axelsen and Lasse Nielsen

Nordic Network on Political Ethics


Lasse Nielsen: