The Equal Society Book Launch

11 Aug 2016 - 13:00

Prominent academics met at the School of Economics, University of Cape Town, to celebrate the launch of the southern African edition of The Equal Society: Essays on Equality in Theory & Practice, edited by Dr George Hull. The Equal Society is published in the rest of the world by Lexington Books, academic imprint of Rowman & Littlefield.

The seminar was facilitated by Prof. Murray Leibbrandt, director of SALDRU (South African Labour and Development Research Unit) and NRF/DSD Research Chair in Poverty and Inequality Research. The Poverty & Inequality Initiative contributed towards the production of this edition and hosted the book launch.

Prof. Crain Soudien, CEO of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) introduced the book and its central themes, and the book’s editor, Dr George Hull, gave an overview of the chapters and the topics they covered.

The audience was invited to discuss what it means for people to be equals, not just as citizens, owners and consumers, but also as producers and communicators of knowledge. They also considered what concrete changes in institutions, such as higher education, business corporations and national constitutions, would need to be made in order to bring about a more equal society, in which gender and racial equality were realised.

The Equal Society showcases various contributors offering original approaches to themes prominent in current social and political philosophy, including relational equality, epistemic injustice, the capabilities approach, African ethics, gender equality and the philosophy of race. The book’s editor, Dr. George Hull, is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Cape Town.

Equal Society: Essays on Equality in Theory and Practice was originally published outside southern Africa by Lexington Books in 2015. This paperback version is now available for R 399.00 from or your nearest academic bookstore.

To watch a video recording of the seminar visit