Chancellor Daniel Little, Ph.D
Daniel Little is chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He serves as professor of philosophy at UM-Dearborn and as faculty associate at the Institute for Social Research and the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan.
Previous positions of academic leadership include service as vice president for academic affairs at Bucknell University (1996-2000) and as associate dean of the faculty at Colgate University (1993-96). He served as professor of philosophy at Colgate and Bucknell, with teaching experience as well at Wellesley College and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
He received his A.B. in philosophy and B.S. in mathematics from the University of Illinois in 1971 and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University in 1977. His research interests fall within the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences.
His books include The Scientific Marx (University of Minnesota Press, 1986), Understanding Peasant China (Yale University Press, 1989; Chinese translation, 2007), Varieties of Social Explanation (Westview Press, 1991), On the Reliability of Economic Models (edited) (Kluwer, 1995), Microfoundations, Method, and Causation (Transactions Publishers, 1998), and The Paradox of Wealth and Poverty (Westview Press, 2003). His most recent books are The Future of Diversity (Palgrave, 2010) (co-editor), and New Contributions to the Philosophy of History (Springer, 2010).
During 1989-91 he held a Social Science Research Council/MacArthur Foundation fellowship in international peace and security, which he spent as Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.
Chancellor Little serves on the boards of New Detroit, the Detroit Urban League, The Future of Minority Studies Research Project Advisory Board, and the Council of Asian and Pacific Americans, and is the chair of the Macrohistorical Dynamics network of the Social Science History Association.
University of Michigan-Dearborn
This talk reviews the fundamentals of justice in the global economy today. Poverty, inequality, authoritarian decision-making, and illegality continue to characterize much of the world's population. Building on analysis offered in my book The Paradox of Wealth and Poverty: Mapping the Ethical Dilemmas of Global Development(Westview, 2003), I argue five central points: justice in development needs to be a central international commitment; justice requires putting human welfare and freedom first; justice is a security issue because injustice breeds conflict; the greatest challenge to economic justice in development is the extreme power of private and state actors to pursue their private interests without regard for the requirements of justice; and international institutions can "ratchet" up the fundamental justice of our global economy through consensual regimes and agreements. Theories about justice in economic development offered by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum are emphasized. The United Nations Millennium Development Goals are cited as a practical and feasible guide to global justice and shared prosperity.
Chancellor Little will present this talk to Beijing Forum, China, Nov. 3-6, 2011.