Call for Papers
Theme: Justice and Responsibility
Subtitle: Re-Learning to be Human for Global Times
Type: International Conference
Institution: Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP)
University of Delhi
Location: Delhi (India)
Globalisation is taking us away from ‘something that is essentially
required to be called a human’. To counter this kind of attitude many
urged for human face of globalisation. The need of the day is to
relearn to be human. This seminar aims to bring out academic
engagement on two concepts - Justice and Responsibility - which are
very important for an individual to be human. Human here, is taken to
be able to relate to oneself and to the others as well as to the
nature. With the understanding and use of these two concepts
Individuals realise their own selves, in relation to themselves and
in relation to the nature as well.
Justice has many forms, social, legal and natural, depending on the
perception. It has been transforming its meaning as well as referent
continuously with the growth of human civilisation. Its conception as
well as its ensuring mechanisms have been changing from time to time
in the writings of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Hobbes,
Hume, Kant, Mill, Rawls, Robert Nozick, Michael Sandle, Thomas Pogge,
Martha Nussbaum, Amartya Sen, Michael Boylan etc. It must be noted
that institutions charged with giving justice must understand
responsibility in terms of norms governing what people are entitled
to expect of each other. On this conception, the sort of
responsibility that is of interest to private law or distributive
justice is not a relation between a person and the consequence,
rather, it is a relation between persons with respect to
consequences. As a result, nonrelational facts about a person's
actions and the circumstances in which he/she performs them will
never settle the questions of responsibility that matter to
institutions charged with giving justice.
Similarly, philosophical discussions on the concept of Responsibility
have varied from agent oriented to prospective, retrospective and
virtue forms. Globalisation has brought a new orientation to all
these forms of discussion on responsibility, by giving it a new
dimension. Philosophers such as Edmund Burke, J.S. mill and Max Weber
etc. have enriched the discussion, historically, J.S. Mill for
instance writes of responsibility from the point of principles of
representative government. Similarly, Max Weber propounded an ethics
of responsibility for the politician.
In the light of the above discussion, What kind of new challenges
Globalisation is posing to the essentially human conceptions such as
Justice and Responsibility is the major concern of the seminar.
The following are some of the sub-themes and questions that the
seminar intends to address:
1. Relation between Justice and Responsibility: Can there be justice
without responsibility and vice versa, Are concepts like Justice
and Responsibility dependent on concept of reciprocity?
2. Justice and responsibility in relation to society, Religion,
Economy, Nature, Life, Information technology, Artificial life
3. Philosophical foundations of Responsibility: Individual
responsibility versus group responsibility, Responsibility of the
group to group, group towards individual, individual towards
individual, individual towards group
4. Forms of Responsibility: Responsibility as Virtue, Agent
oriented, Prospective and Retrospective Responsibility
5. Whether we have any responsibility towards our future generations?
6. Whether we are justified in excessively exploiting the resources
for our own use, without giving a thought for the coming
7. Various forms of Justice: Distributive theories of justice:
Social justice, Virtue, Fairness, Property rights and Maximisation
of Welfare: Retributive Theories of Justice: Utilitarianism,
Restorative justice and Mixed theories
8. Do we have any obligation to the unknown?
9. Can there be any valid claim for justice by the unknown?
10. Whether discussion on - Justice for the unknown, justice for the
non-existent, justice for future – have any validity?
11. Corporate social responsibility.
12. Challenges to Justice and Responsibility during Globalisation.
Please send 300 words and a brief CV to Balaganapathi Devarakonda
[balaganapat...@gmail.com] and [cua-...@cua.edu] until November 30,
2016. Presentation of accepted papers will be 20 minutes in length
followed by 20 minutes discussion. Well-developed full papers will be
publisehd by the RVP.
There is no registration fee. Travel expense and accommodation will
be covered by theparticipants.
Department of Philosophy
University of Delhi
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