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Conference `Ethics and Economics: Themes from Debra Satz`

  • Speaker(s)
    Debra Satz (Stanford University), Ingrid Robeyns (Utrecht University), and Martin van Hees (VU Amsterdam)
  • Location
    Erasmus Paviljoen, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Date and time

    November 09, 2018
    12:00 - 19:00

Professor Debra Satz (Stanford) will receive an honorary doctorate in the afternoon of November 8, 2018 on the occasion of the 105th birthday (“dies Natalis”) on recommendation of the Erasmus Initiative “Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity”. On November 9, 2018, we celebrate her work with a conference and the Erasmus Philosophy Lecture, held in Erasmus Paviljoen.

Debra Satz has made crucial contributions to many areas in philosophy. The conference focuses on themes from ethics and economics and social and political philosophy, explored by two leading Dutch ethicists and Debra Satz herself.

Many questions about the economy are at heart ethical questions: how do we ensure that all individuals benefit from growing prosperity? Do we need to limit what individuals can own or earn? Can we create prosperity for all while respecting the liberty and property rights of individuals? How exactly do we help those in need: by offering cash or making available goods and services in kind? Those are the kinds of questions that three internationally leading ethicists will explore. Doing so, they will show how ethics and the economy relate to each other, and allow for stimulating discussions about some fundamental questions related to making prosperity inclusive.

The conference takes place in the afternoon of November 9, 2018. Participation is free of charge, but registration is required:



12.15 Lunch Reception (Serre)
13.15 Jack Vromen (Erasmus University Rotterdam): Debra Satz on Ethics and Economics
13.30 Ingrid Robeyns (Utrecht University): Limitarianism and the American Dream
14.30 Break
15.00 Martin van Hees (VU Amsterdam): Libertarian Justice: Ideal versus Non-Ideal
16.00 Break
16.30 Erasmus Philosophy Lecture: Debra Satz (Stanford): The Government’s Provision of in kind goods: A defence
18.00 Drinks Reception (Serre)


Ingrid Robeyns is professor of ethics of institutions at the Ethics Institure of Utrecht University. She is the author of “Wellbeing, Freedom and Social Justice: The Capability Approach Re-examined” (Cambirdge Open Book). Her research, funded by NWO and ERC, focuses on the capability approach, social justice, and Limitarianism. She is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Martin van Hees is professor of philosophy and Dean of the John Stuart Mill College at Free University Amsterdam. His research, funded by NWO, focuses on moral responsibility, rights and freedom, and quality of life. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Debra Satz is the Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society and Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities and Arts at Stanford University. She is the author of “Why Some Things Should Not Be For Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets” (Oxford University Press). She is editor of Philosophy & Public Affairs and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.