Event Detail

Thu Nov 3, 2005
Howison Library, 4–6 PM
Philosophy Colloquium
Veronique Munoz-Darde (University College London)
Is An Espresso Worth An Arm And A Leg? Needs and Social Goods

The good society fulfils two basic functions. On the one hand, it is an instrument for meeting the claims of need that we have on each other. On the other, it provides a means for the establishment and development of social goods (such as universities; museums, coffee bars), the existence of which requires collaborative activity and resources only available in the context of institutional activities favourable to them. If justice requires the priority of claims of need, are we required to sacrifice social goods to provide for the needy? Should we think that the existence of universities or art museums is an example of the injustice of our societies, given the prevalence of the destitute and disabled?