Book symposium

Liam Shields – Just Enough: Sufficiency as a Demand of Justice

University of Louvain
2 December 2016

Twice a year, the Hoover Chair of Economic and Social Ethics organizes a workshop in Louvain-la-Neuve on a forthcoming book in the field of ethics or political theory. Several scholars are gathered to meet the author and discuss the various chapters of the book in progress.

A chance to discuss Liam Shields’ anticipated book built around his widely discussed recent publications on distributive justice, education, and autonomy.

Thanks to the support of the University of Manchester’s School of Social Sciences we offer three small conference grants (£150) to PhD students willing to attend the workshop but unable to travel on their own funds.

Please contact if you want to attend the workshop and if you want to apply for one of these small conference grants.


10.00: Welcoming the participants
10.30: Introduction by Axel Gosseries and presentation of the book by Liam Shields
11.00: Politics and Distributive Justice - Pierre-Etienne Vandamme
11.15: Reply by the author
11.20: Collective discussion
11.30: What is Sufficientarianism? - Lasse Nielsen
11.45: Reply
11.50: Collective discussion
12.00: Coffee break
12.30: The Principle of Sufficient Autonomy - Chris Mills
12.45: Reply
12.50: Collective discussion
13.00: Lunch break
14.30: Sufficiency and Education - Danielle Zwarthoed
14.45: Reply 
14.50: Collective discussion
15.00: A Good Enough Upbringing - Anca Gheaus and Tim Meijers
15.15: Reply
15.20: Collective discussion
15.30: Sufficiency and Global Justice – David Axelsen and Siba Harb
15.45: Reply 
15.50: Collective discussion
16.00: General discussion
16.30: Concluding remarks - Axel Gosseries

Currently postdoc at KU Leuven, I hold a Ph.D. in political philosophy from the University of Louvain (Belgium). My main research interests are democratic theory, theories of justice, and civic education.