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Professor Philippe Van Parijs to present second Annual Ailsa McKay Memorial Lecture

18 April 2017

Prominent Belgian socialist philosopher and political economist Professor Philippe Van Parijs will present the second Annual Ailsa McKay Memorial Lecture at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

Professor Van Parijs is Professor at the Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences of the Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL), where he directs the Hoover Chair of economic and social ethics. 

Professor Van Parijs’ lecture ‘Basic Income: a radical proposal for a free society and a sane economy’, is based on his latest book. 

He was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University’s Department of Philosophy from 2004 to 2011, and has been a Visiting Professor at the Higher Institute of Philosophy of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven since 2006, and a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford since 2011.

He studied philosophy, law, political economy, sociology and linguistics at the Universite Saint-Louis (Brussels), at the Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL), at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in Leuven, Oxford, Bielefeld, and California (Berkeley). He holds doctorates in the social sciences (Louvain, 1977) and in philosophy (Oxford, 1980).

Professor Van Parijs is one of the founders of the Basic Income European Network, which became the Basic Income Earth Network, and he chairs its international board.

The event will be opened by Maggie Chapman, Co-Convener of the Scottish Green Party, and will be followed by a drinks reception.

Please register to attend at Eventbrite.

The Annual Ailsa McKay Memorial Lecture will be held on Thursday, May 11 at 5pm in the Deeprose Lecture Theatre, Govan Mbeki Building. This annual lecture was established in memory of the late GCU Professor of Economics Ailsa McKay.