An interactive documentary leading into the philosophical and ethical knot of wealth inequality.
Enable thoughtful participation in discussions about wealth inequality by investigating the underlying values shaping the issue.
With the help of leading philosophers, and support from economics and psychology, we’ll be asking, How can wealth imbalances be condemned? Which arguments are strongest? How do they work, and what are their advocates forced to give up? And, on the other side: What’s oppressive about the ethics of equality? When can even extreme wealth differences be justified? Where may the justification be deployed, and with what risks?
There are no right or wrong answers to questions about inequality and justice, but there are better and worse understandings of the values and commitments inhabiting any response. The goal is to understand what it means to stand on one side or the other of the debate about wealth inequality.
In terms of the workshop's core - the philosophy and ethics - we’ll organize around the perennial conflict between equality and freedom. Surrounding that, there’s a psychological investigation of two irreconcilable conceptions of envy, and there’s a brief economics catalog of technical definitions and conflicts.
James Brusseau, (PhD, Philosophy) is author of books and articles in contemporary philosophy, the history of philosophy, and ethics. His Business Ethics Workshop is a leading contemporary textbook on the subject. He teaches in the Philosophy department, at Pace University in New York City. Pace University page.
Numbers & Details
≈ 1 hour online, at the individual's initiative, over the course of a Thursday → Wednesday week.
The workshop is segmented; participants can engage on their own schedule, a few minutes at a time, or running through to the end in a single session.
Though proposed as an end in itself, successful participants will be offered a formal certificate of completion, as well as a data-enriched social media certificate/badge.
While individuals are warmly invited to sign on independently, we initially seek group enrollment. Four or more enrollees allows the mounting of a branded version with an organization’s logo/message displayed on each webpage, along with those of Ethics Workshop and Pace University.
Sessions with >4 enrollees from a single organization will be scheduled collaboratively with the sponsoring organization.
To arrange and schedule, please contact us here.
Fixed date session for individual enrollees: Thurs 3 → Wed 9 of December. (Later sessions currently being scheduled.) Please register here, directly at Pace University.
Register: Sponsoring organization wishing to schedule a session