Equality and Responsibility

Hardcover | November 8, 2001

byChristopher Lake

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Arguments about distributive justice often take place around two ideas. One is that good should be distributed equally. The other is that how people fare in life should depend on what they are responsible for. The author asks what draws us to these two ideas and examines recent attempts byegalitarian thinkers to bring them together in a single distributive ideal. Underlying this ideal is the egalitarian intuition - the intuition that it is objectionable for some to be worse off than others through no fault of their own. in a wide-ranging discussion, Lake tests that intuition from avariety of perspectives and points to the gaps in our current thinking about quality and individual responsibility.

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Arguments about distributive justice often take place around two ideas. One is that good should be distributed equally. The other is that how people fare in life should depend on what they are responsible for. The author asks what draws us to these two ideas and examines recent attempts byegalitarian thinkers to bring them together in ...

Christopher Lake was until recently Fellow and Tutor in Politics, Magdalen College, Oxford University, and now works in the private sector.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:182 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:November 8, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199241740

ISBN - 13:9780199241743

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