Linguistic Justice for Europe and for the World


Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 5:30pm to 7:00pm


124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Philippe van ParijsPhilippe van Parijs, Université Catholique de Louvain
Co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies and the Harvard Department of Philosophy

About the Seminar
In Europe and throughout the world, competence in English is spreading at a speed never achieved by any language in human history. Is the resulting growing dominance of English to be resisted or accelerated? Does it breed injustice? If so, in what sense exactly, and what should be done about it? In this talk, Philippe van Parijs will summarize the answers offered to these questions in his book Linguistic Justice for Europe and for the World (Oxford UP, 2011) and discuss some of the main objections against them.

About the Speaker
Philippe Van Parijs is professor of Economic, Social, and Political Sciences at the University of Louvain, where he has been directing the Hoover Chair of Economic and Social Ethics since its creation in 1991. He has also been a visiting professor of Philosophy at Harvard University since 2004 and at the University of Leuven since 2006. He is one of the founders of the Basic Income Earth Network and chairs its International Board.