8th Montreal Social Justice Theory Workshop @ Room LB-145, Concordia
Jun 27 – Jun 28 all-day
8th Montreal Social Justice Theory Workshop @ Room LB-145, Concordia

8th edition of the Social Justice Theory Workshop, organized by Pablo Gilabert and Peter Dietsch, for the Social Justice Centre, at Concordia, and University of Victoria.

The aim of the Social Justice Theory Workshop is to enable sustained exploration in the theory of social justice. It addresses topics such as the articulation of ideals and principles of economic, political, gender, race, environmental, and cultural justice; the critique of inequality, domination, exploitation, and alienation; and the illumination of political institutions, practices and processes of transformation that might foster progressive change.

Workshop papers will be pre-circulated, and participation implies a commitment to reading the papers in advance.

This workshop is organized by Pablo Gilabert and Peter Dietsch, in association with the Social Justice Centre (Concordia University), le Centre de Recherche en Éthique (Université de Montréal) and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Victoria.

The 8th edition of this intensive research workshop will take place on June 27-28, 2024.

The workshop will be in person. Places are limited. If you would like to participate, please send your name to Christiane Bailey ( by May 25, 2024.

The workshop will take place at the SHIFT Centre for Social Transformation.


Pablo Gilabert (Concordia University): “Real Interests, Well-Being, and Ideology Critique.”

Commentator: Denise Celentano (Universite de Montreal)

Andree-Anne Cormier (Ecole Nationale d’Administration Publique, Montreal): “Is Loneliness a Problems of Justice?”

Commentator: Natalie Stoljar (McGill)

Peter Dietsch (University of Victoria): “Just incomes and climate change: Can economic justice pave the way for climate justice?”

Commentator: Juliette Roussin (Laval)

Brookes Brown (University of Toronto): “The Acceptance Condition Reconsidered: Impartiality, Mutuality, and the Grounds of Fair Play.

Commentator: Louis-Philippe Hodgson (University of York)

Aaron James (University of California, Irvine): “Republican Money”

Commentator: Jacqueline Best (University of Ottawa)

Steven Klein (King’s College, London): “Towards a Democratic Theory of Labour Unions”

Commentator: Éliot Litalien (Université de Montréal)

Lisa Herzog (UGroeningen) @ Online
Sep 13 @ 11:00 – 12:00
Lisa Herzog (UGroeningen) @ Online

As part of the activities of the Philosophy of Work Network, Lisa Herzog (UGroeningen) will offer a presentation entitled: “Labor Markets without Market Wages”.

The activities of the Philosophy of Work Network are open to researchers and graduate students with research interests in this area. Please write to the organizers, Denise Celentano ( and Pablo Gilabert (, to receive the zoom link.


Should wages be determined by market forces? This paper argues against this view, based on consideration of the kind of good that labor is and what it means to “trade” it. Two arguments brought forward in favor of market wages, the desert argument and the information argument, are not only mutually incompatible but also both not convincing. The first founders on the problem of complementarities in value creation. The second fails not only because of endogeneity problems, but also because of systemic market failures in labor markets. But is it possible to give up labor markets without endangering freedom of occupation or risking problematic degrees of inefficiency? This can be achieved by understanding labor markets as matching markets, comparable to those for donor organs: what matters is creating good matches, but the price mechanism is not central for this. From this perspective, various existing institutions, such as minimum wages and collective bargaining, can be reinterpreted as “approximative institutions” that move labor markets in a more just direction.