The university and social justice

Journal of Academic Ethics 5 (2-4):153-162 (2007)
Considerations of social justice pertain to universities with respect to reserved spaces for applicants from disadvantaged groups, targeted hiring, differential student fees or faculty workloads and salaries, and similarly contested matters. This paper displaces debates over what constitutes just allocation of university resources from those over theories of justice in general to those about alternative visions of the proper goal of universities. To this end, educational and democratic theories of John Dewey are drawn on as an alternative to elitist conceptions and the implications of these competing viewpoints for specific justice-related issues are explicated.
Keywords Affirmative action  Aristotle  Contingent university loan repayment  Differential fees  Differential university salaries  Elitist conceptions of the university  Faculty work loads  John Dewey  Targetted hiring  Teaching and research  Transitional year program  University justice
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DOI 10.1007/s10805-007-9031-y
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