Workshop: What is justice?

Socates’ death — ordered by the state, on account of his alleged blasphemy and corruption of the youth

The workshop

The recent prosecution of the artist Giorgos Gavriel has brought questions about rights, liberty, and the powers of the state to the forefront of public discourse, vindicating what the Ancients took to be a basic insight about public life: that there is no possibility of engaging in politics well, no possibility of figuring out how to deal with pressing social matters, without thinking about foundational questions in ethics and political philosophy.

This workshop is meant to provide a bicommunal space where this kind of thinking can happen. To that end, we will work through some classic attempts to grapple with a central question in practical philosophy: What is justice?

The plan

We will spend the first half of our meetings on liberal / modern approaches to justice, as they are developed by John Locke and J. S. Mill. These are figures from whom we inherit the political world as we know it, and so the task here will be to think through the ideas on which our society is founded. We will then turn our attention to the eudaimonist / critical work of Aristotle and Marx, and ask how their communitarian, anti-individualist vision compares to the liberalism of our time.


We will meet weekly, for approximately 10 weeks, starting in early October. The exact day & time will be determined when registration is over, to accommodate people’s schedules. There will likely be options for both physical and virtual attendance. More info soon.

Meetings and readings will be in English, to foster bicommunal dialogue. No prior knowledge of philosophy/political theory is required. Come as you are!


Registration is closed.

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