Exploitation and Economic Justice in the Liberal Capitalist State by Mark R. ReiffExploitation and Economic Justice in the Liberal Capitalist State by Mark R. Reiff

Exploitation and Economic Justice in the Liberal Capitalist State

byMark R. Reiff

Hardcover | March 7, 2013

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Exploitation and Economic Justice in the Liberal Capitalist State develops the first new, liberal theory of economic justice to appear since John Rawls and Ronald Dworkin proposed their respective theories back in the 1970s and early 1980s. It does this by presenting a new, liberalegalitarian, non-Marxist theory of exploitation that is designed to be a creature of capitalism, not a critique of it. Indeed, the book shows how we can regulate economic inequality using the presuppositions of capitalism and political liberalism that we already accept. In doing this, the book usestwo concepts or tools: a re-conceived notion of the ancient doctrine of the just price, and the author's own concept of intolerable unfairness. The resulting theory can then function as either a supplement to or a replacement for the difference principle and luck egalitarianism, the two most popular liberal egalitarian theories of economic justice of today. It provides a new, highly-topical, specific moral justification not only for raisingthe minimum wage, but also for imposing a maximum wage, for continuing to impose an estate tax on the wealthiest members of society, and for prohibiting certain kinds of speculative trading, including trading in derivatives such as the now infamous credit default swap and other related exoticfinancial instruments. Finally, it provides a new specific moral justification for dealing with certain aspects of climate change now regardless of what other nations do. Yet it is still designed to be the object of an overlapping consensus - that is, it is designed to be acceptable to those whoembrace a wide range of comprehensive moral and political doctrines, not only liberal egalitarianism, but right and left libertarianism too.
Mark R. Reiff is the author of Punishment, Compensation, and Law: A Theory of Enforceability (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Law, Cambridge University Press, 2005), as well as various papers on topics within legal, political, and moral philosophy. During the 2008-09 academic year, Dr. Reiff was a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the ...
Title:Exploitation and Economic Justice in the Liberal Capitalist StateFormat:HardcoverDimensions:372 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:March 7, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199664005

ISBN - 13:9780199664009


Table of Contents

Introduction1. Exploitation and Justice2. Exploitation and the Just Price3. The Limits of Exploitation4. What Price is Just?5. Exploitation and Intolerable Unfairness6. Implementation and Enforcement7. The Prospects for an Overlapping Consensus