Invited Men Speaking about Equality

The invited speakers are all male (correct me if I’m wrong) but perhaps the request for papers will yield some women. Surely it matters that we have women involved in discussions of equality in health, wealth, and welfare.
The Fourth McGill Workshop in Ethics
Egalitarianisms: Current Debates on Equality and Priority in Health,
Wealth, and Welfare

March 30th -31st, 2012
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Workshop website:

Confirmed Speakers
Nir Eyal (Harvard)
Iwao Hirose (McGill)
Nils Holtug (Copenhagen)
Dennis McKerlie (Calgary)
Shlomi Segall (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Workshop Description

Egalitarian theories of distributive justice have recently encountered
fundamental challenges. Is egalitarianism susceptible to the leveling
down objection? Is it less plausible than prioritarianism? Does it
support reducing the inequalities resulting from brute luck, but not
option luck? Does it aim to equalize the distribution of welfare at
each time or over a lifetime? What does egalitarianism make of the
strong correlation between inequalities in health and inequalities in
socio-economic conditions? In this two-day workshop, we will discuss
current theoretical issues and seek common and unified grounds for
future research into egalitarian theories of distributive justice.

Call for Papers

We invite high quality papers on the recent philosophical challenges
to egalitarian theories of distributive justice. We will include at
least 5 submitted papers in the program. Papers should be suitable for
blind-review and no longer than 6,000 words (must include a 200 word
abstract in the first page). Please submit paper (Word or PDF file)
through We welcome submissions from
graduate students. For accepted papers, the organizers will cover the
cost of accommodation (up to 3 nights in downtown Montreal) and
workshop banquet.

Deadline for submission: November 20, 2011 (Notification of acceptance
by December 20, 2011)

This workshop is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.