Justice, Institutions, and Luck: The Site, Ground, and Scope of Equality

Paperback | February 18, 2014

byKok-chor Tan

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Kok-Chor Tan addresses three key questions in egalitarian distributive justice: Where does distributive equality matter?; Why does it matter?; And among whom does it matter? He argues for an institutional site for egalitarian justice, and suggests that the mitigation of arbitrariness or luckis the basis for distributive commitments. He also argues that distributive obligations are global in scope, applying between individuals across borders. Tan's objectives are tripartite: to clarify the basis of an institutional approach to justice; to establish luck egalitarianism as an account of the ground of equality; and to realize the global nature of egalitarian justice. The outcome is "institutional luck egalitarianism" - a new cosmopolitanposition on distributive justice.

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Kok-Chor Tan addresses three key questions in egalitarian distributive justice: Where does distributive equality matter?; Why does it matter?; And among whom does it matter? He argues for an institutional site for egalitarian justice, and suggests that the mitigation of arbitrariness or luckis the basis for distributive commitments. He...

Kok-Chor Tan is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. His previous publications include Toleration, Diversity, and Global Justice (2000), and Justice Without Borders (2004). Previous appointments include a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Queen's Unive...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:222 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.07 inPublished:February 18, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements1. IntroductionPart I. Institutions2. Institutions and Justice3. Evading the Demands of JusticePart II. Luck4. Luck Egalitarianism: A Modest Account5. Defending Luck EgalitarianismPart III. Global Justice6. Global Institutions and Justice7. The Arbitrariness of Nationality8. Clarifications and ConclusionsBibliographyIndex

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"... one of the most systematic and nuanced treatments to date of a global luck egalitarian approach ... Tan's writing is a model of both precision and accessibility. He is adept at showing what is at stake in major debates and at identifying and leading the reader through important positionsin them." --Luis Cabrera, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews