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Debra Satz to receive Honorary Doctorate

Debra Satz

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.

Photo: Richard Morgenstein

Professor Debra Satz (Stanford) will receive an honorary doctorate 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.