Labont Seminar: Joerg Tremmel
March 22, 2021
Joerg Tremmel, Intergenerational justice and poverty
22 marzo, ore 16.00, Webex
The interactions between intergenerational justice and intragenerational poverty are a complex topic at the interface of philosophy, politics, economics and law. In the background are partly empirical questions: Does inequality increase automatically when there is general social progress? If so, can this growing inequality be dampened with vigorous countermeasures, and what would have to be done to achieve this? Or, if growing general progress and growing inequality inevitably go hand in hand, should we dispense with general progress altogether? This last question is answered in the negative in the talk. Instead, a morally legitimate way is shown how growing inequality could be countered primarily through a change in the framework conditions and only secondarily through inheritance and gift taxes. It should become a social norm that large inheritances, especially in the case of business assets, are transferred by testators to charitable foundations.