Equality: Selected Readings

Paperback | April 30, 1999

EditorLouis P. Pojman, Robert Westmoreland

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Equality: Selected Readings collects the most representative material on the subject of equality, providing critical analyses of the egalitarian principles which underlie contemporary debate on issues such as welfare, civil and human rights, affirmative action, and immigration. The mostcomprehensive anthology of its kind, this volume includes a broad range of readings, from the classical works of Aristotle, Hobbes, and Rousseau to contemporary selections by John Rawls, Thomas Nagel, R.M. Hare, Harry Frankfurt, Wallace Matson, Robert Nozick, Michael Walzer, and others. Severalimportant topics are covered in depth, including the concept of equality; equal opportunity; welfare egalitarianism; resource egalitarianism; complex equality; and equal human worth and human rights. A comprehensive introduction and bibliography are also included. Ideal for courses in politicalphilosophy, this unique work covers all sides of the crucial debate over equality and strives to expand readers' understanding of the issues at stake in order to help them arrive at informed judgments.

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Equality: Selected Readings collects the most representative material on the subject of equality, providing critical analyses of the egalitarian principles which underlie contemporary debate on issues such as welfare, civil and human rights, affirmative action, and immigration. The mostcomprehensive anthology of its kind, this volume i...

Louis P. Pojman is at U.S. Military Academy. Robert Westmoreland is at University of Mississippi.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 6.46 × 9.25 × 0.94 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Introduction: The Nature and Value of EqualityI. Classical Readings1. Aristotle: Justice and Equality2. Thomas Hobbes: Equality in the State of Nature3. Jean-Jacques Rousseau: On the Origins of Inequality4. David Hume: On Justice and Equality5. Francis-Noel Babeuf and Sylvain Marechal: The Manifesto of EqualityII. On the Concept of Equality Itself6. Felix E. Oppenheim: Egalitarianism as a Descriptive Concept7. Dennis McKerlie: Equality and Time8. Larry Temkin: InequalityIII. General Considerations9. Kant: Groundwork for a Metaphysic of Morals (second formula of the categorical Imperative and other selections)10. Robert Nozick: Justice Does Not Imply Equality11. J.R. Lucas: Against Equality12. Stanley I. Benn: Egalitarianism and the Equal Consideration of Interests13. Gregory Vlastos: Justice and EqualityIV. Equal Opportunity14. John Schaar: Equality of Opportunity and Beyond15. James Fishkin: Liberty versus Equal Opportunity16. Peter Westen: The Concept of Equal Opportunity17. Robert Nozick: Life is Not a Race18. William Galston: A Liberal Defense of Equal OpportunityV. The Contemporary Debate on the Nature and Value of Equality19. John Rawls: Equality and Desert20. Wallace Matson: Justice: A Funeral Oration21. Kai Nielson: Radical Welfare Egalitarianism22. R.M. Hare: A Utilitarian Defense of Equality23. Richard Arneson: Equality and Equal Opportunity for Welfare24. Eric Rakowski: A Critique of Welfare Egalitarianism25. Thomas Nagel: Equality and Partiality26. Harry Frankfurt: Equality as a Moral Ideal27. Eric Rakowski: A Defense of Resource Equality28. Louis Pojman: On Equal Human Worth: A Critique of Contemporary Egalitarianism29. Michael Walzer: Complex EqualityAppendix30. Kurt Vonnegut: Harrison BergeronBibliography

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"A broad, comprehensive selection of readings; addresses significantly the major issues of equality in contemporary political discussions....Well-suited to an upper-level undergraduate class in political philosophy or a graduate course (particularly one that addresses contemporarymoral/political issues)." --Carl Miller, University of Georgia