Inequality, Religion, and Society: John Rawls and After


Thursday, January 24, 2019 (All day) to Saturday, January 26, 2019 (All day)


Tsai Auditorium

John Rawls was the most influential political philosopher of the twentieth century: modern political philosophy would be unthinkable without him. This conference will bring together a range of distinguished participants, in the conviction that their diverse perspectives will enhance and illuminate one another in looking both at Rawls’ own thought and the problems of political theory that continue to face his successors. There is nowhere more appropriate than Harvard, where Rawls worked and taught for so long, to host such an important event.

For the most updated event information and full speaker bios, please visit our event website

Major support for this conference was provided by the Sekyra Foundation (Prague), and the Centre for Political Philosophy, Ethics and Religion at Charles University.

Generous support was also provided by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, the Harvard University Department of Government and the Harvard University Department of Philosophy.


Thursday, January 24
3:15 - 3:45 PM:
Conference Opening Remarks

3:45 - 5:45 PM - Panel: Rawls and the Project of Modern Political Philosophy
Speakers: Leif Wenar (King's College, London), Kenzie Bok (Harvard), Katrina Forrester (Harvard)
Chair: Eric Nelson (Harvard)

6:00 - 7:30 PM -  "Rawls on Equality: Looking Back at A Theory of Justice," Keynote Lecture by Tim Scanlon (Harvard)
Chair: Michael Rosen

7:30 PM - Reception

Friday, January 25
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 - Panel: Morality, Reciprocity, Political Justice
Speakers: Stephen Darwall (Yale), Samuel Schefller (NYU), Danielle Allen (Harvard)
Chair: Erin Kelly (Tufts)

12:00 - 1:15 PM - Lunch

1:15 - 3:15 PM - Panel: Religion and Democratic Society
Speakers: Andrew March (Harvard), Paul Weithman (Notre Dame), Jeremy Waldron (NYU)
Chair: Eric S. Gregory (Princeton)

3:15 - 3:45 PM - Coffee Break

3:45 - 5:45 PM - Panel: Social Inequality & Economic Justice
Speakers: Joseph Fishkin (Texas), Gina Schouten (Harvard), Lucas Stanczyk (Harvard)
Chair: Eric Beerbohm (Harvard)

6:00 - 7:15 PM - "John Rawls's Theory of the Good," Keynote Lecture by Christine Korsgaard (Harvard)
Chair: Arthur Applbaum (Harvard)

Saturday, January 26
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
 - Panel: Humanity and the Future
Speakers: Clark Wolf (Iowa State), Anja Karnein (SUNY Binghamton), Partha Dasgupta (Cambridge)
Chair: Johann Frick (Princeton)

12:30 - 1:45 PM - Lunch

1:45 - 3:45 PM - Conclusion: Round Table Discussion
Speakers: Rainer Forst (Frankfurt), Teresa Bejan (Oxford), Tommie Shelby (Harvard)
Chair: Dennis Thompson (Harvard)

3:45 - 4:00 PM - Final Remarks