Philippe Van Parijs


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Chaire Hoover d'éthique économique et sociale
Université catholique de Louvain
Place Montesquieu, 3
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
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Philippe Van Parijs studied philosophy, law, political economy, sociology and linguistics at the Facultés universitaires Saint Louis (Brussels) and the Universities of Louvain, Oxford, Bielefeld and California (Berkeley). He holds doctorates in the social sciences (Louvain, 1977) and in philosophy (Oxford, 1980).

He is professor at the Faculty of economic, social and political sciences of the University of Louvain (UCL), where he has directed the Hoover Chair of economic and social ethics since its creation in 1991. He has also been a special guest professor at the KuLeuven's Higher Institute for Philosophy since 2006. From 2004 onwards he was for several years a Regular Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. And from 2011 onwards, he will be a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College and Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford.

He also held visiting positions at the Universities of Amsterdam, Manchester, Siena, Québec (Montréal), Wisconsin (Madison), Maine (Orono), Uruguay (Montevideo) and Aix-Marseille, the European University Institute (Florence), the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow), the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing), the Catholic Faculties of Kinshasa (Congo), All Souls College (Oxford), Yale University, Sciences Po (Paris), the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Ecole normale supérieure (Paris). He was awarderd an honorary doctorate by Laval University (Québec).

He is one of the founders of the Basic Income European Network (BIEN), which became in 2004 the Basic Income Earth Network,  and he chairs its International Board. He organizes the annual Ethical Forum of the University Foundationand chairs the steering committee of the programme on Poverty and Social Justice of the King Baudouin Foundation. He coordinates, jointly with Kris Deschouwer, the Pavia Group, which pleads for the creation of a country-wide electoral district in federal Belgium, and, jointly with Paul De Grauwe (K.U.Leuven), the Re-Bel initiative, whose purpose is to radically rethink Belgium's institutions in the European context.

He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a member of Belgium's Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts and of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2001, he was awarded the  Francqui Prize, Belgium's most generous scientific prize, and in 2011 the Arkprijs voor het Vrije Woord , an annual prize meant to honour public personalities who illustrate the freedom to speak out. In 2007, a post stamp was devoted to him within the framework of a series ("This is Belgium") featuring nine outstanding Belgian scholars.

He is a member of the editorial boards of Ethics, Journal of Political Philosophy, Philosophy & Public Affairs, Politics Philosophy and Economics, Journal of Ethics, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, European Journal of Political Theory, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Ethical Perspectives, European Journal of Philosophy, Philosophical Explorations, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Basic Income Studies, Egalitarian Theory and Political Practice, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Public Reason, Revue de philosophie économique, Raisons politiques, Raison publique, Revue philosophique de Louvain, Ethiek en Maatschappij, Econômica and Sin permiso.

His books include Evolutionary Explanation in the Social Sciences (London & Totowa NJ 1981), Le Modèle économique et ses rivaux (Genève 1990), Qu'est-ce qu'une société juste? (Paris 1991), Arguing for Basic Income (London 1992, ed.), Marxism Recycled (Cambridge 1993), Real Freedom for All (Oxford 1995), Sauver la solidarité (Paris 1995), Refonder la solidarité (Paris 1996), Solidariteit voor de XXIste eeuw (Leuven 1997), Ethique économique et sociale (Paris 2000, with C. Arnsperger), What's Wrong with a Free Lunch? (Boston 2001), Hacia una concepcion de la justicia global (Medellín 2002), Cultural Diversity versus Economic Solidarity (Brussels 2004, ed.), L'Allocation universelle (Paris 2005, with Y. Vanderborght), Just Democracy. The Rawls-Machiavelli Programme (Colchester, 2011) and Linguistic Justice for Europe and for the World (Oxford, 2011).

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