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Distributive Justice


Admission requirements

Admission to this course is restricted to students in the MA programme Philosophy (120 EC), specialisations Philosophy of Law, and Philosophy of Political Science.


In this seminar we will investigate what a just distribution requires. Should it be an equal one, or should we give priority to the least well off? How should we effectuate that distribution? Is it required to let the market run its course and redistribute afterwards if necessary, or should a system of institutional checks and balances be created to reign in the market? Finally, we will discuss elaborately the question what exactly needs to be distributed. Is a just state concerned with the distribution of well-being and happiness of its citizens or should it only distribute the opportunities for well-being. These theories and answers will be tested and illustrated with more or less recent question of distributive justice.

Course objectives

Course objectives will be posted on Blackboard by the start of the course.


See Collegeroosters Wijsbegeerte 2012-2013, MA Philosophy.
See Timetables Philosophy 2012-2013, MA Philosophy.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminars

Assessment method

  • Active participation

  • Presentation

  • Paper


Blackboard will be used for posting of messages, texts, and reading assignments, and as discussion board.

Reading list

To be announced


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Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.

Contact information

Dr. B.J.E. Verbeek