"Who Counts? In Search of Social Justice in a Global World": Undergraduate Supper with Political Philosopher Nancy Fraser
January 27, 2011
While on campus as a Patten Lecturer, political philosopher Nancy Fraser joined HHC students at Harlos House to discuss the search for social justice in a global world. Fraser's wide-ranging, provocative work, which includes 11 books and more than 60 articles and book chapters, prompts questions like: What should be the relationship between identity (personal, group, cultural) and equality (social, political)? Can capitalism be just? Can welfare be fixed? Can justice be delivered within, or beyond the nation-state? What do such big issues mean for our daily lives? Nancy Fraser has been described "as one of the leading political philosophers and feminist theorists practicing today. Her writing addresses issues of concern to a broad audience, including globalization, cosmopolitanism, identity politics, neoliberalism, the welfare state, and gender issues." Her work draws on political science, philosophy, cultural and social theory, history, and law to address "some of the most challenging practical issues facing developed democracies, including . . . need and dependency in the welfare state, multiculturalism and identity politics, and the role of multiple publics in the functioning of democracy" (Patten Foundation). She has lectured widely in the United States and abroad, including at Yale Law School, Stanford University, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, and the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences socials in Paris. She is the Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Political and Social Science at the New School for Social Research. The supper was co-sponsored by the Wells Scholars Program.