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17:30 - 19:15 13 May 2015

Equality and flourishing: Families, education and the neutralist-perfectionist debate


Room 828 | UCL Institute of Education (link Map)
20 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Professor Christine Sypnowich, Queens University, Canada

Political philosophers are divided on the question of whether society should guide individuals in their projects and goals in light of the competing, yet overlapping, values of moral independence and human wellbeing. Professor Sypnowich will contend that an egalitarian political philosophy should be committed to enabling people to live well and that neutralists are wrong to focus only on instrumental goods. The lively neutralist-flourishing debate appears to be significantly muted, however, when it comes to children who, all parties assume, should be guided by adults in their plans of life. Thus in their stimulating new book, Family Values, erstwhile neutralists Brighouse and Swift affirm the role of the family in enabling children’s flourishing. Her paper challenges this distinction in the neutralist position to argue that the idea that it is appropriate to direct children to enable them to flourish, entails in fact, a commitment to policies that enable the flourishing of all.


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