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Justice Across Ages (Auguste Comte Memorial Lecture)
18 May, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Age shapes social institutions, roles, and relationships, as well as how we assign obligations and entitlements within them. Each life-stage also brings its characteristic opportunities and vulnerabilities, which spawn inequalities between young and old. How should we respond to these age-related inequalities? Are they objectionable in the same way gender or racial inequalities are? Or is there something distinctive about age that should mitigate our concern for inequalities between young and old?
In her talk, Juliana Bidadanure will address these and related questions, presenting the theory of justice between age groups that she develops in her book Justice Across Ages: Treating Young and old as Equals. The book advances ethical principles to guide a fair distribution of goods like jobs, healthcare, income, and political power among persons at different stages of their life. If we are ever to live in a society where people are treated as equals, she argues, we must pay attention to how age membership can alter our social standing, and we must regard with suspicion commonplace forms of age-based social hierarchy.
Juliana Bidadanure is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and, by courtesy, of Political Science, at Stanford University and Ludwig Lachmann Research Associate Professor in Philosophy at LSE. She is also the Faculty Director of the Stanford Basic Income Lab. Professor Bidadanure’s work is in Political Philosophy. She has published extensively on the topic egalitarian justice, including a recent book scrutinizing inequalities between age groups and generations (Justice Across Ages).
Alex Voorhoeve is Professor and Head of Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics and Political Science.