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Course module: 700085-M-3
Justice and Inequality
Course info
Course module700085-M-3
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences; TSH: Department of Philosophy; Philosophy;
Is part of
M Philosophy
dr. B. Engelen
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
Course mode
Registration openfrom 20/08/2019 up to and including 18/10/2019
  • The student is able to summarize and explain the main theories of distributive justice (welfarist, utilitarian, Rawlsian, luck egalitarian, sufficientarian, prioritarian, libertarian).
  • ​The student is able to explain the role equality plays in these theories and how these theories can be applied to economic inequalities.
  • The student is able to relate the concepts of ‘social (in)equality’ and ‘economic (in)equality’ and argue why both pose ethical problems.
  • The student is able to develop an in-depth argumentation why a specific kind of real-life economic inequalities are distributively just or not.
Socio-economic inequality is and remains a crucial challenge at both the national and the global level. The gap between the poor and the rich is huge and still growing and poverty is still causing hardship for a substantial part of the population in both developed and developing countries. All this raises obvious issues with respect to distributive justice. Which socio-economic inequalities can be justified and on which basis? And what is the most relevant conception of equality in this respect: equality of opportunity, of results or of resources? Which policy proposals would best tackle the problems posed by inequality?

We will analyze contemporary theories of distributive justice and read philosophical and ethical texts about (in)equality (Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Scanlon, Derek Parfit, David Miller, ...), fairness perceptions (Dan Ariely) and policy proposals by both NGO’s (Oxfam) and economists (Joseph Stiglitz, Anthony Atkinson).
Course available for exchange students
Master level, conditions apply
Contact person
dr. B. Engelen
Timetable information
Justice and Inequality
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Tentamen / Written examEXAM_01BLOK 1115-10-2019
Tentamen / Written examEXAM_01BLOK 1206-01-2020
Required materials
Articles via Canvas.
Recommended materials
Written exam

Final Result

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