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Justice, Culture, and Tradition

The Work of Michael Walzer

Published 2008

The work of Michael Walzer, one of America's foremost political thinkers, was recognized at a three-day conference on the Institute campus.  Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Science, Walzer was celebrated for his contributions to the ethical and political philosophy of the twentieth century at the "Justice, Culture, and Tradition" conference. 

The conference was made possible with generous support from Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, the Institute for Advanced Study, Shalom Hartman InstituteYIVO Institute for Jewish ResearchBar-Ilan University Faculty of Law and the Heinrich Böll Foundation


Session 1: Distributive Justice, Welcome by Peter Goddard, Institute Director, and Yitzhak Benbaji, Conference Organizer

Joan Scott, Professor Emerita in the School of Social Science, Chair
Michael J. Sandel
Thomas Scanlon
Amy Gutmann, Commentator

Session 2: The Interpretive View of Ethics

Harry Frankfurt, Chair
Georgia Warnke
Susan Neiman, Commentator

Session 3: The Practice of Social Criticism

Ian Shapiro, Chair
Mitchell Cohen
Menachem Lorberbaum
Martin Peretz

Session 4: Multiculturalism, Civil Society, and the Politics of Recognition

Daniel Statman, Chair
Jacob T. Levy
Charles Taylor, Commentator

Session 5: The Just War Theory –– Moral and Legal Perspectives

Joel Rosenthal, Carnegie Council, Chair
Haim Shapira
Yitzhak Benbaji
Michael Doyle
Jeff McMahan
Brian Orend
Noam J. Zohar, Commentator

Session 6: Tradition, Radicalism, and Solidarity

Yaffa Zilbershats, Chair
Avishai Margalit
George Kateb
Moshe Halbertal, Commentator

Session 7: The Moral Standing of States

Jacob T. Levy, Chair
Ruth Gavison
Charles R. Beitz
Nancy L. Rosenblum, Commentator

Session 8: The Jewish Political Tradition 

Noam Zohar
Pierre Birnbaum
David Novak
Leon Wieseltier