Problems with Equality

Can the quest for social equality actually be masquerading as justice while causing the loss of even more important social goods?

Sunday, October 1st

Equality is perhaps the most influential ideal in contemporary Western social, political, & economic thought and culture today. It is the core value in ‘social’ justice and people accept it as self-evidently a good thing. History teaches us, however, that great evils can be justified by appeal to equality when it is isolated from concepts of justice and liberty. So how are we to balance these concepts? What are the various kinds of equality? How are they related to freedom and justice, to sameness and difference? This talk will provide key distinctions and clear contexts for this often misunderstood value in the current culture wars.