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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 3 HT09

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 3 HT09
Start Date 2nd Feb 2009 4:30pm
End Date 2nd Feb 2009 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours

CANCELLED - Janet Radcliffe-Richards (Oxford), 'Group Equality' to be held in the Lecture Room, 10 Merton Street, Oxford - Seminars in Moral Philosophy webpage


A familiar complaint takes the form ‘only x%’: only x% of company chairmen (Oxbridge undergraduates/the top 10% earners/high court judges/professors/MPs...) are women (racial minorities/working class/disabled/gay...). When such claims are intended as complaints, as they usually are, they carry the implication that the percentages should be different, and probably that justice requires equality of the contrasted groups in the relevant respect. Regarded as fundamental requirements of justice, such aims are actually incompatible with the only criteria for group equality than can (and should) be defended, and regarded in other possible ways are almost invariably inadequately founded. The real requirements of group equality are minimal and cannot on their own directly support any conclusions about outcomes or policies. On the other hand, they are irreducible to other kinds of egalitarian policy, and cannot be eliminated as issues in their own right.

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