The Oslo Lecture in Moral Philosophy

(17.06.09) The Oslo Lecture in Moral Philosopy is an annual event hosted by the Ethics Programme, where an internationally known philosopher gives a public lecture on a burning issue of ethical importance.


The Oslo Lecture 2009:


Julian Nida-Rümelin

20 August 1715 - 1900
Helga Engs hus, Auditorium 3

In favour of egalitarianism

Non-egalitarians argue that egalitarianism with its central value of equality leads astray, both regarding its ethical foundations and its political implications. Non-egalitarians are convinced that equality has no intrinsic value. In this talk I will defend egalitarianism of a specific kind, i.e. deontological egalitarianism. I shall argue that this kind of egalitarianism is not exposed to the current critique of egalitarianism and discuss its political implications.


Julian Nida-Rümelin is professor of Philosophy and Political Theory at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich and the president of the German Society for Philosophy from 2009 until 2011. From 1998-2000 Kulturreferent der Landeshauptstadt München; 2001 and 2002 Minister of Culture (member of chancellor Gerhard Schröder's cabinet).

Nida-Rümelin is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften and the Europäischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, he is Honorarprofessor at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin (Institut für Philosophie) and Kuratoriumsvorsitzender of the Deutschen Studienpreis.

Fields of special interest:

Political Philosophy
Culture Theory
Philosophy of Science