Join us as our panelists consider the limitations of a strong focus on an unconditional cash transfer as a response to poverty, unemployment and inequality. Lucas Stanczyk, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Harvard, will express concerns about the privileging of basic-income strategies over focusing on organizing labor. Debra Satz, Dean of the School of Humanities & Sciences at Stanford, will propose a defense of in-kind benefits and express concerns about the over-focus on individualizing cash transfers as a response to collective problems.
Lucas Stanczyk works on topics at the intersection of political philosophy and political economy. His book manuscript develops a theory of justice in production. His other research and teaching is focused on ethical problems in global energy policy, and the ethics of growing inequality. He has been assistant professor of political science and affiliated faculty of philosophy at MIT. He joined Harvard's philosophy department in 2017.
Debra Satz is the Vernon R. and Lysbeth Warren Anderson Dean of the School of H&S, the Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, and a Professor of Philosophy. Satz is known for her work in political philosophy, where her research has spanned topics on the moral limits of markets, the interpretation of equality of opportunity and the nature of rational choice. She is the author of several books, including Why Some Things Should Not Be For Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets (2010) and Economic Analysis, Moral Philosophy and Public Policy (with Dan Hausman and Michael McPherson) (2017), as well as numerous articles. She is the current editor of the journal "Philosophy and Public Affairs."
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