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Philippe Van Parijs
Philippe Van Parijs
(French: [filip vɑ̃ paʁɛjs]; born 23 May 1951) is a Belgian political philosopher and political economist, best known as a proponent and main defender of the concept of a basic income[2] and for the first systematic treatment of linguistic justice.[3]


1 Education 2 Career 3 Work

3.1 Basic income 3.2 Lingua franca

4 Bibliography 5 Personal interests and skills 6 Honours 7 References 8 External links

Education[edit] Philippe Van Parijs
Philippe Van Parijs
studied philosophy, law, political economy, sociology and linguistics at the Université Saint-Louis (Brussels), at the Université catholique de Louvain
Université catholique de Louvain
(UCL) in Louvain-La-Neuve, at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
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).[4] Career[edit] He is professor at the Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences of the Université catholique de Louvain
Université catholique de Louvain
(UCL), where he directs the Hoover Chair
Hoover Chair
of Economic and Social Ethics since its creation in 1991. 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. Van Parijs has also held visiting positions at the Universities of Amsterdam, Manchester, Siena, Québec (Montréal), Wisconsin (Madison), Maine (Orono) and Aix-Marseille, the European University Institute (Florence), the Russian Academy of Sciences
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 Catholic University of Uruguay, the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the École Normale Supérieure
École Normale Supérieure
(Paris). 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.[5] He coordinates the Ethical Forum of the University Foundation. He also coordinates the Pavia Group with Kris Deschouwer and, with Paul De Grauwe, the Re-Bel initiative. He is a member of Belgium's Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts, of the International Institute of Philosophy, and of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and Fellow of the British Academy. In 2001, he was awarded the Francqui Prize, Belgium's most generous scientific prize. Work[edit] Basic income[edit] In Real Freedom for All: What (if anything) can justify capitalism?[6] (1995) he argues for both the justice and feasibility of a basic income for every citizen. Van Parijs asserts that it promotes the achievement of a real freedom to make choices. For example, he purports that one cannot really choose to stay at home to raise children or start a business if one cannot afford to. As proposed by Van Parijs, such freedom should be feasible through taxing the scarce, valued social good of jobs, as a form of income redistribution. Lingua franca[edit] Another part of Van Parijs' work is about linguistic justice. In order to address the injustice arising from the privilege enjoyed by English as a global lingua franca,[7] he discusses a wide range of measures such as a language tax[8] which would be paid by English-speaking countries, a ban on the dubbing of films, and the enforcement of a linguistic territoriality principle that would protect weaker languages.[9] Van Parijs's work is sometimes associated with the September Group
September Group
of analytic Marxism, though he is not himself a Marxist. Bibliography[edit] Van Parijs' books include Evolutionary Explanation in the Social Sciences (1981), Le Modèle économique et ses rivaux (1990), Qu'est-ce qu'une société juste? (1991), Marxism
Recycled (1993), Real Freedom for All (1995), Sauver la solidarité (1995), Refonder la solidarité (1996), Solidariteit voor de XXIste eeuw (1997), Ethique économique et sociale (2000, with C. Arnsperger), What's Wrong with a Free Lunch? (2001), Hacia una concepción de la justicia global (2002), Cultural Diversity versus Economic Solidarity (as editor, 2004), L'Allocation universelle (2005, with Y. Vanderborght), Linguistic Justice for Europe and for the World (2011) and Just Democracy. The Rawls-Machiaveli Programme (2011). Arguing About Justice: Essays for Philippe Van Parijs
Philippe Van Parijs
(Axel Gosseries & Yannick Vanderborght eds., Presses universitaires de Louvain, 2012) was published on the occasion of his 60th birthday. Personal interests and skills[edit] Van Parijs speaks French, Dutch, English, Italian, Swedish, German and Spanish.[citation needed] Honours[edit]

Ailsa McKay
Ailsa McKay
Lecture, 2017[10]


^ Vallentyne, Peter (2014). "Libertarianism". In Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Stanford University. ^ http://www.euractiv.com/sections/social-europe-jobs/van-parijs-unconditional-basic-income-europe-will-help-end-crisis-301503 ^ Philippe Van Parijs, Linguistic Justice for Europe and for the World, Oxford: Oxford University
Oxford University
Press, 2011. ^ "Philippe Van Parijs" Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine., at uclouvain.be (in English) ^ http://basicincome.org/about-bien/ ^ Philippe Van Parijs, Real Freedom for All, What (if anything) can justify capitalism: Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1995 ^ "A Lingua Franca as Condition for Global Justice? Philippe Van Parijs on Linguistic Justice". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2017-11-15.  ^ Philippe Van Parijs, Europe's three language problems Archived 28 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine., Multilingualism in Law
and Politics ^ Philippe Van Parijs, Linguistic Justice for Europe and for the World, Oxford: Oxford University
Oxford University
Press, 2011. ^ 2nd Ailsa McKay
Ailsa McKay

External links[edit]

Personal homepage "The Need for Basic Income", interview with Chris Bertram, Imprints, vol. 1, no. 3 (March 1997) No conditions attached, interview by the magazine Europe & Me, July 2012

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September Group


G. A. Cohen John Roemer Jon Elster Adam Przeworski Erik Olin Wright Philippe Van Parijs Robert-Jan van der Veen Robert Brenner Hillel Steiner Samuel Bowles Joshua Cohen

See also

Analytical Marxism Left-libertarianism Game theory Marxism Karl Marx John Rawls Robert Nozick Self-ownership Exploitation

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Basic income
Basic income


Basic income
Basic income
models Basic income
Basic income
pilots Citizen's dividend Guaranteed minimum income Jobless recovery Negative income tax Real freedom Right to an adequate standard of living Technological unemployment


Basic Income Earth Network Enhet Green Party of England and Wales Pirate Party Germany Pirate Party of Finland ReCivitas Vivant



C. H. Douglas Ailsa McKay Dennis Milner Thomas Paine Juliet Rhys-Williams Anthony Barber


Étienne Chouard Harry F. Dahms André Gorz Sepp Kusstatscher Guy Standing Eduardo Suplicy Philippe Van Parijs Claus Offe Katja Kipping Götz Werner Valter Mutt Annika Lillemets Osmo Soininvaara Li Andersson Susanne Wiest Birger Schlaug Christian Engström Yoland Bresson Björn Wahlroos

Regional projects

Alaska Permanent Fund Asignación Universal por Hijo Bolsa Família Iranian subsidy reform plan Omitara Quatinga Velho

By region

Brazil Canada Germany India Japan Netherlands Nordic countries United Kingdom Global


Agrarian Justice
Agrarian Justice
(pamphlet) The Basic Income (documentary)

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 98106257 LCCN: n80074894 ISNI: 0000 0001 0928 145X GND: 124104150 SUDOC: 028195817 BNF: cb12008016r (data) NDL: 01166868 ICC