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Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Just Prices and Fair Trade Workshop

"Just Prices and Fair Trade"
A Day-Workshop
Saturday 14 March 2009, from 1000 - 1730 hrs.
Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied CETL, University of Leeds.

The idea that the price at which goods are sold might be "unjust" or "unfair" to one of the parties in the exchange seems very natural. Indeed, some such notion seems required to underpin contemporary demands for fair trade, and the criticism of some trade for being exploitative. Nevertheless, the theories of the "Just Price" that might give substance to such demands and criticisms are generally considered a discredited relic of Medieval philosophy. The workshop is intended as a contribution to building an understanding of the proper grounds on which prices can be assessed as just or unjust.

The Just Prices Workshop, 14th March 2009, at the IDEA CETL, Leeds is a research workshop brings together 3 prominent scholars engaged separately in research on justice issues as they relate to pricing. Prof. Hillel Steiner (Manchester) has a Leverhulme Trust major research fellowship on 'The Just Price'. Prof. John O'Neill (Manchester) is currently engaged in research on political economy and the moral limits of markets. Dr Arne Moritz (Halle-Wittenberg) is involved in research directly on theories of the just price.

The workshop is likely to be of particular interest to Moral / Political Philosophers and Ethicists, and those with interests in Business Ethics and the ethics of Sales and Marketing or Fair Trade. We thank the Society for Applied Philosophy and the IDEA CETL (University of Leeds) for their financial support for this event.

There is no charge, but numbers will be restricted. Those interested in attending are invited to book a place by sending an email to Liz Pollard (e.v.pollard@leeds.ac.uk) enclosing the following information: name, job title, department/institution, email address and contact telephone number.

1030 hrs Coffee
1100 hrs Prof. Hillel Steiner (University of Manchester) 'The Just Price and the Moral Limits of the Market'
1230 hrs Lunch (own arrangements)
1400 hrs Arne Moritz (Martin Luther Universit├Ąt, Halle-Wittenberg) 'Just Prices - Still a good buy?'
1530 hrs Tea / Coffee
1600 hrs Prof. John O'Neill (University of Manchester) 'Price and the Claims of Need'
1730 hrs Close

The IDEA CETL is located within the main campus area of the University of Leeds, about 15 minutes' walk from Leeds railway station. Directions are available on request from Liz Pollard (email above). 8-12 Fenton Street, University of Leeds, Leeds. LS2 9JT

For booking, see above. For other inquiries, contact Jamie Dow(j.dow@leeds.ac.uk).

1 comment:

cristian said...

Hi im a grad student in Toronto, Canada. I won't be able to go to the conference, but do you know if there is any way to have access to the papers they will present? I'm very interested in this