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Metaphilosophy of/with Social Justice Conference

Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 12:00 pm – Friday, October 7, 2022, 5:30 pm

CEU’s Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) chapter calls to turn the lens of philosophy on social justice. The conference INCLUSION BEYOND FACE VALUE: Metaphilosophy of Social Justice, will take place on October 5-7 in Vienna, and will explore how well-equipped philosophy is to address the questions of inclusion in its theory and practice. It’s often said that what distinguishes philosophy is its self-reflexive nature.

This conference will examine two threads of what might be called the metaphilosophy of social justice:

1. The philosophy of social justice philosophy

  • What aims & methods should social justice philosophy have?
  • Is the current state of social justice philosophy well-oriented towards those aims?
  • What is the role of social justice philosophy? Should we really be waiting for theory to «trickle down»? Or is it time for philosophers (& academic theorists more generally) to take a different approach?
  • Is there something to the “ivory tower” critique of academia – are philosophers sometimes out of touch with the material reality of oppression? What can be done about this?

2. Philosophical practice under the lens of social justice

  • Does philosophical practice itself meet principles of social justice? That is to say, is academic philosophy inclusive? Is it fair?
  • From admissions to in the classroom to publishing, current practices of academic philosophy present numerous challenges for minorities. These obstacles, which are often invisible to the majority of practitioners, disproportionately affect (inter alia) women, non-native English speakers, the disabled, and the socioeconomically disadvantaged. Bringing these issues of exclusion to the fore, how do they affect philosophical practice?
  • What are the advantages & disadvantages of the argumentative-dialogical model of doing philosophy? What other models might we imagine for philosophical practice?

Keynote speakers


The conference is organised by MA students in philosophy:
Jay Luong
Stephania Donayre Pimentel
Frank Hernandez
Ivana Kulic
Ayda Uzel
Mariia Fedorova
Sun Parker Schuette
With faculty supervision by Maria Kronfeldner

Abstracts & Schedule