Re-Learning to be Human for Global Times
Justice and Responsibility
January 9-10, 2017
University of Delhi
Globalisation is taking us away from ‘something that is
essentially required to be called a human’. To counter this
kind of attitude many urged for human face of globalisation.
The need of the day is to relearn to be human. This seminar
aims to bring out academic engagement on two concepts -
Justice and Responsibility - which are very important for an
individual to be human. Human here, is taken to be able to
relate to oneself and to the others as well as to the
nature. With the understanding and use of these two concepts
Individuals realise their own selves, in relation to
themselves and in relation to the nature as well.
Justice has many forms, social, legal and natural, depending
on the perception. It has been transforming its meaning as
well as referent continuously with the growth of human
civilisation. Its conception as well as its ensuring
mechanisms have been changing from time to time in the
writings of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Hobbes,
Hume, Kant, Mill, Rawls, Robert Nozick, Michael Sandle,
Thomas Pogge, Martha Nussbaum, Amartya Sen, Michael Boylan
must be noted that institutions charged with giving justice
must understand responsibility in terms of norms governing
what people are entitled to expect of each other. On this
conception, the sort of responsibility that is of interest
to private law or distributive justice is not a relation
between a person and the consequence, rather, it is a
relation between persons with respect to consequences. As a
result, nonrelational facts about a person's actions and the
circumstances in which he/she performs them will never
settle the questions of responsibility that matter to
institutions charged with giving justice.
Similarly, philosophical discussions on the concept of
Responsibility have varied from agent oriented to
prospective, retrospective and virtue forms. Globalisation
has brought a new orientation to all these forms of
discussion on responsibility, by giving it a new dimension.
Philosophers such as Edmund Burke, J.S. mill and Max Weber
etc. have enriched the discussion, historically, J.S.
Mill for instance writes of responsibility from the point of
principles of representative government. Similarly, Max
Weber propounded an ethics of responsibility for the
In the light of the above discussion, What kind of new
challenges Globalisation is posing to the essentially human
conceptions such as Justice and Responsibility is the major
concern of the seminar.
The following are some of the sub-themes and questions that
the seminar intends to address:
Relation between Justice and Responsibility: Can there
be justice without responsibility and vice versa, Are
concepts like Justice and Responsibility dependent on
concept of reciprocity?
Justice and responsibility in relation to society,
Religion, Economy, Nature, Life, Information technology,
Philosophical foundations of Responsibility: Individual
responsibility versus group responsibility,
Responsibility of the group to group, group towards
individual, individual towards individual, individual
Forms of Responsibility: Responsibility as Virtue, Agent
oriented, Prospective and Retrospective Responsibility
Whether we have any responsibility towards our future
Whether we are justified in excessively exploiting the
resources for our own use, without giving a thought for
the coming generations?
Various forms of Justice: Distributive theories of
justice: Social justice, Virtue, Fairness, Property
rights and Maximisation of Welfare: Retributive Theories
of Justice: Utilitarianism, Restorative justice and
Do we have any obligation to the unknown?
Can there be any valid claim for justice by the unknown?
Whether discussion on - Justice for the unknown, justice
for the non-existent, justice for future – have any
Corporate social responsibility.
Challenges to Justice and Responsibility during
Please send 300 words and a brief CV to Balaganapathi
until November 30, 2016. Presentation of
accepted papers will be 20 minutes in length followed by 20
minutes discussion. Well-developed full papers will be
publisehd by the RVP.
There is no registration fee. Travel
expense and accommodation will be covered by
Department of Philosophy
University of Delhi