Nicholas Wolterstorff, University of Virginia
"Why Justice Matters": Thursday, April 2, 2009, 4:00 p.m., 112 Dale Hall
Abstract: Suppose that we no longer thought or talked in terms of justice,
only in terms of duty, benevolence, and the like. What difference
would that make? What would be lost? What does thinking and talking
in terms of justice add to the moral life?
"What Makes Generosity Sometimes Unjust?": Friday, April 3, 2009, 4:00 p.m., 607 Dale Hall Tower
Abstract: Sometimes one's distribution of a good among one or more persons
is required of one; it's one's duty. But sometimes it is not out of
duty but out of gratuitous generosity that one distributes some
good. Yet gratuitous generosity sometimes perpetrates injustice.
Though one would wrong no one if one did not distribute the good, yet
one does wrong someone in how one distributes it. The topic of my
paper is, what makes gratuitous generosity sometimes unjust?