Doing Justice to the Social

Sally Haslanger with Jana Bacevic

Philosophers, at least in mainstream Anglo-American philosophy, have paid insufficient attention to the social domain. Their focus is on persons (individual minds, action, and speech), or on the state, which is conceptualized as “bigger” kind of individual. The roles of culture and cultural norms are often ignored. This has left us with impoverished explanatory and normative theories and few resources to address problems of social injustice that don’t have state solutions. In this conversation with Jana Bacevic, leading social philosopher Sally Haslanger will explore the ontological, epistemological, and political dimensions of the social, paving the way for an enriched account of social justice and how it can be achieved. 

Sally Haslanger is the Ford Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT, and an affiliate in the MIT Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Her research is very wide-reaching, covering metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language, alongside social and political issues concerning gender, race, and the family. Haslanger’s new book, Doing Justice to the Social, will be published by Oxford University Press. sallyhaslanger.weebly.com 

Jana Bacevic is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology at Durham University. Her work is in social theory, sociology of knowledge, and politics of knowledge production; she has published extensively on the relationship between knowledge, education and processes of social and political transformation. twitter.com/jana_bacevic


Monday 21st June

7.00 p.m. (UK time)/2.00 p.m. (EST)