Alexander Hamilton Forum: “Are Social Justice and Capitalism Compatible?”
On March 10, 2021, the Alexander Hamilton Forum, a JMC partner program, is hosting JMC faculty partner John Tomasi (Brown University) and Pablo Gilabert (Concordia University) for a virtual counter-point discussion on social justice, capitalism, and their compatibility (or lack thereof). Counterpoint-style events feature two speakers who present contrasting views and then field questions from the audience.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 • 4:45 PM EST
A virtual discussion through Zoom
John Tomasi is the Romeo Elton Professor of Natural Philosophy at Brown University, where he has twice been awarded University prizes for excellence in undergraduate teaching. He is the founding director of the Political Theory Project, an independent research center at Brown that supports scholarship and encourages political dialogue on campus. Tomasi also holds an appointment at the University of Arizona’s Center for the Philosophy of Freedom where he is a University Associate and Research Professor. Tomasi received his B.A. from Colby College and did his graduate work in political philosophy at the University of Arizona (M.A.) and Oxford University (B.Phil., D.Phil.). He has held positions at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton, the Department of Philosophy at Stanford, and the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, Tomasi is the author of Liberalism Beyond Justice (Princeton) and Free Market Fairness (Princeton).
Professor Tomasi is a JMC faculty partner.
Pablo Gilabert is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). His areas of specialization are ethics and social and political philosophy. Within these areas, he is currently doing research on social justice, human rights, and the role of the concept of feasibility in moral and political reasoning (including the consequences for the relation between “ideal” and “nonideal theory”). He has been an HLA Hart Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, a DAAD Fellow at the University of Frankfurt, a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, a Visiting Fellow at the University of Montreal, and a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow in the Center for Human Values at Princeton University. His papers have appeared in journals such as The Journal of Political Philosophy, Political Theory, The Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, among others. He is also the author of From Global Poverty to Global Equality. A Philosophical Exploration and Human Dignity and Human Rights (Oxford University Press).
The Alexander Hamilton Forum at Middlebury College aims to foster thoughtful engagement with the ideas that have informed the creation and development of the American polity. The Forum promotes the study of the American political thought and founding principles; their relationship to American institutions, statesmanship, public law, political economy, and grand strategy; and their place in the history of western political philosophy. It seeks to offer students an opportunity to think critically about the relevance of political and constitutional theory to a range of contemporary debates in American public life.
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