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CONF: Problem with Priority?

Sometime ago, Mike Otsuka (UCL) mentioned here [1] that Derek Parfit will be responding to an article by him and Alex Voorhoeve entitled ‘Why It Matters That Some Are Worse Off Than Others: An Argument against the Priority View’ [2]here on Ethics Etc, with further responses from Mike and Alex, once Derek’s book, On What Matters, is published. In the meantime, the Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT) has put together a really nice one day conference to discuss Mike’s and Alex’s paper.

Date: 19th November 2010
Time: 10.30am – 5.30pm
Location: University of Manchester, UK

Martin O’Neill (York)
Michael Otsuka (University College London)
Thomas Porter (Manchester)
Alex Voorhoeve (LSE)
Andrew Williams (I.C.R.E.A. and Pompeu Fabra University)

The Priority View is widely seen as a leading alternative to egalitarianism that avoids some of the difficulties associated with the latter. However, in their 2009 Philosophy & Public Affairs article “Why It Matters That Some Are Worse Off Than Others: An Argument against the Priority View” (P&PA vol. 37, no. 2), Michael Otsuka and Alex Voorhoeve have offered a new argument to show that the Priority View is vulnerable to fatal objection. This conference is devoted to exploration and criticism of that new argument and will include a ‘response to critics’ session with Otsuka and Voorhoeve.

Registration and further details
http://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/disciplines/politics/events  /priority/ [3]

Please note: There are a limited number of subsidised places for graduate students. These places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Please contact Noémie Rouault (noemie.rouault (at) manchester.ac.uk) if you have any queries.