Prof. Rutger Claassen of Utrecht University will be visiting the Amsterdam Law School for a ACT Lecture.
Rutger Claassen is Professor of Political Philosophy & Economic Ethics at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies of Utrecht University. He obtained his PhD in 2008 from Utrecht University for a dissertation about the moral limits of markets. Earlier, he was assistant professor at Leiden University and a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbour and Humboldt Universität in Berlin.
His research is in the field of socio-economic justice, where he defends a version of the capability approach – pioneered by economist Amartya Sen and philosopher Martha Nussbaum, which focuses on the development of personal capabilities instead of material resources as the central criterion for a just society. In his monograph Capabilities in a Just Society. A Theory of Navigational Agency (Cambridge University Press, 2018) he argues for a capability approach centered on a notion of autonomous agency.