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Steven Lecce: "Does it matter why we have kids? Procreative motives, public policy, and the liberal state"

Wed. Mar. 18 12:30 PM - Wed. Mar. 18 01:30 PM
Contact: Kevin Walby 204-786-9105 k.walby@uwinnipeg.ca
Location: 3D01, University of Winnipeg

According to some political philosophers, why we have children matters for assessing the morality of our procreative conduct. But should procreative motives be politically relevant, that is, to law and public policy?

Dr. Steven Lecce teaches political theory in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba, where he is also Associate Dean of Arts. His research is primarily concerned with contemporary theories of social and distributive justice, and the ethical bases of the liberal-democratic state. He is the author of Against Perfectionism: Defending Liberal Neutrality (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008), and numerous articles about political philosophy. Recently, he was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University’s Centre for the Study of Social Justice. He is currently completing two book projects: a co-edited volume of the recent Fragile Freedoms lecture series at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (under contract with Oxford University Press); and a sequel to Against Perfectionism entitled Equality’s Domain (under contract with McGill-Queen’s University Press.