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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?