“Reports on social exclusion have highlighted that mobility – in the form of everyday access to transport – is unequally distributed, and the source of quite drastic inequalities. It is intimately tied up with wider patterns of social exclusion. And yet this issue has been repeatedly neglected, both by New Labour and in the Coalition government’s initial statements on relevant issues. This talk will consider both reasons for this neglect, and ways in which the importance of access to transport might be stressed, in ethical terms. It will also ask how free public transport might, in practice, help in addressing these issues.”
Dr. Gideon Calder is Senior Lecturer in Political Philosophy at the Centre for Social Ethics, University of Wales, Newport. He has written widely in his specialist field and is a member of the Editorial Boards of The Journal of Critical Realism and Human Affairs: A Postdisciplinary Journal for Humanities and Social Sciences. He is the author of two books on the philosophy of Richard Rorty and his co-edited collection of essays, ‘Climate Change and Liberal Priorities’ (with Catriona McKinnon) is due to be published in 2011.