Egalitarianism: New Essays on the Nature and Value of Equality by Nils Holtug

Egalitarianism: New Essays on the Nature and Value of Equality

EditorNils Holtug, Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen

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Egalitarianism, the view that equality matters, attracts a great deal of attention amongst contemporary political theorists. And yet it has turned out to be surprisingly difficult to provide a fully satisfactory egalitarian theory. The cutting-edge articles in Egalitarianism move the debateforward. They are written by some of the leading political philosophers in the field. Recent issues in the debate over equality are given careful consideration: the distinction between 'telic' and 'deontic' egalitarianism; prioritarianism and the so-called 'levelling down objection' to egalitarianism; whether egalitarian justice should have 'whole lives' or some subset thereof as itstemporal focus; the implications of Scanlon's contractualist account of the value of choice for egalitarian justice; and the question of whether non-human animals fall within the scope of egalitarianism and if so, what the implications are. Numerous 'classic' issues receive a new treatment too: howegalitarianism can be justified and how, if at all, this value should be combined with other values such as desert, liberty and sufficiency; how to define the 'worst off' for the purposes of Rawls' difference principle; Elizabeth Anderson's feminist account of 'equality of relations'; how equalityapplies to risky choices and, in particular, whether it is justifiable to restrict the freedom of suppliers who wish to release goods that confer different levels of risk on consumers, depending on their ability to pay. Finally, the implications of egalitarianism and prioritarianism for health careare scrutinized. The contributors to the volume are: Richard Arneson, Linda Barclay, Thomas Christiano, Nils Holtug, Susan Hurley, Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Dennis McKerlie, Ingmar Persson, Bertil Tungodden, Peter Vallentyne, Andrew Williams, and Jonathan Wolff.

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Nils Holtug and Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen are both at the University of Copenhagen.
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Title:Egalitarianism: New Essays on the Nature and Value of EqualityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:December 30, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Nils Holtug and Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen: An introduction to contemporary egalitarianismI. Foundations for equality2. Thomas Christiano: A foundation for egalitarianism3. Ingmar Persson: A defence of extreme egalitarianismII. The nature of equality4. Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen: The insignificance of the distinction between telic and deontic egalitarianism5. Nils Holtug: Prioritarianism6. Dennis McKerlie: Egalitarianism and the difference between interpersonal and intrapersonal judgments7. Bertil Tungodden and Peter Vallentyne: Who are the least advantaged?8. Linda Barclay: Feminist distributive justice and the relevance of equal relations9. Peter Vallentyne: Of mice and men: equality and animalsIII. Equality and other values10. Andrew Williams: Liberty, liability, and contractualism11. Richard J. Arneson: Desert and equalityIV. Applications12. Jonathan Wolff: Market failure, common interests, and the Titanic puzzle13. Susan Hurley: The 'what' and the 'how' of distributive justice and health