Philosophers gathered to discuss notions of justice and legitimacy in political philosophy in a conference entitled Rawls, Habermas and Global Justice, last week.
The conference, part of a two-day event held at Concordia last Oct. 3-4, honoured philosopher Kai Nielsen. Twenty-two invited speakers addressed four prominent themes in Nielsen’s philosophical work during these two days.
Dr. Kai Nielsen, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Calgary and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Concordia, is one of Canada’s most important philosophers in areas of moral, social and political philosophy.
He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and one of the founding members of the Canadian Journal of Philosophy. He has also published more than 20 books and 400 articles.
Philosophers have argued for many years about the nature of justice, the principle of legitimacy and the concept of egalitarianism. These concepts, many believe, are not just reoccurring themes in philosophers’ deliberations.
Rather, in the present age of globalization, these analyses contribute significantly to developing a valid and practical theory of global justice.
The chairperson of the afternoon discussion, Dr. Daniel Weinstock from L’Universit