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CPP Colloquium with Axel Gosseries: What’s so special about age limits and does it matter?

  • Axel Gosseries (Louvain)
Thursday 14 January 2016
CPP Colloquia 2015-2016 & 2016-2017
Reuvensplaats 2-4
2311 BE Leiden
room 1.01e

The Center for Political Philosophy in Leiden is pleased to announce a talk by 

Axel Gosseries (Louvain) 

“What’s so special about age limits and does it matter?”


In this presentation, I will look at various possible accounts (reliable proxy, complete-life neutrality,…) of what makes age-based differential treatment different from “race-based” or gender-based differential treatment. Examples from various areas of life will be discussed (labour market, politics, health care,…). We will try and find out whether such differences justify the intuition that many of us may have, i.e. that age criteria tend to be less problematic than racial or gender criteria.

About Axel Gosseries

Axel Gosseries is Senior Research Fellow at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) and Professor at the University of Louvain (Hoover Chair in Economic and Social Ethics). He also manages the Bernheim Chair for social responsibility in economic life (since 2004). He has written about topics such as intergenerational justice, sustainability, climate change, intellectual property, workplace democracy and transparency. He is the author of “Penser la justice entre les générations” (Aubier, Paris, 2004) and the co-editor of three books including “Intergenerational Justice” (with L. Meyer, Oxford University Press, 2009) and is currently finishing a fourth on “Institutions for Future Generations” (with Iñigo Gonzalez Ricoy, Oxford University Press, forthcoming). He is the author of more than 50 articles and chapters in philosophy, law and economics books and journals, including the Journal of Political Philosophy; Politics, Philosophy & Economics; Ethics & International Affairs; New York University Environmental Law Journal; International Economic Review, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management; Economics and Philosophy.

About the Center for Political Philosophy (CPP) Colloquia Series

The CPP is a collaboration between the Institute for Philosophy and the Institute for Political Science at Leiden University. Attendance of the Colloquia is free and there is no need to register. See http://www.centreforpoliticalphilosophy.nl/ for more information. For further questions please contact dr. Dorota Mokrosinska at d.m.mokrosinska@phil.leidenuniv.nl


All are welcome!

The lecture is followed by drinks.

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