Equality of Opportunity – Durham, NC

Duke Law

Duke’s Center for Law, Economics, and Public Policy will be hosting a conference on “Equality of Opportunity” on May 24-25, 2016 at Duke Law School.

The conference will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday May 24, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday May 25. A detailed schedule, with session times and paper titles, will be posted here when available. A current participant list may be found here.

The topic of the conference is how to adjust criteria of distributive justice, and associated measures of inequality and social welfare, to take account of individual desert and responsibility. This topic—often referred to by philosophers as the problem of “luck egalitarianism”—has for several decades been central to the philosophical literature on distributive justice, beginning with pioneering articles by Ronald Dworkin, Richard Arneson, and Gerry Cohen.

It is also the focus of a burgeoning body of work by economists (who tend to use the term “equality of opportunity”), most famously John Roemer, but many others as well.

The aim of the conference is to present new scholarship on equality of opportunity/luck egalitarianism, and to generate a vigorous, interdisciplinary conversation among the participants and audience. Conference participants (presenters and discussants) include leading researchers from both economics and philosophy

For administrative questions, please contact Stephanie Lowd or Victoria Zellefrow at clepp@law.duke.edu. For questions about the content of the conference, please contact Matthew Adler at adler@law.duke.edu.

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