Liberalism, Justice, and Markets: A Critique of Liberal Equality

Hardcover | November 3, 1999

byColin M. Macleod

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This important new study presents a systematic and definitive critique of Ronald Dworkin's highly influential theory of liberal equality. Focusing on the connection Dworkin attempts to establish between economic markets and liberal egalitarian political morality, the study examines hiscontention that markets have an indispensable role to play in the articulation of liberal ideals of distributive justice, individual liberty, and state neutrality. Subjecting the central tenents of this theory to sustained critical analysis, the author argues that Dworkin's attempt to establish deepaffinities between the market and equality is unsuccessful and his proposed solutions to some central controversies in political theory are seriously flawed. This powerful examination of the work of America's leading public philosopher reveals some timely lessons about the hazards and limitations of the market as a device for the articulation and realization of egalitarian justice.

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This important new study presents a systematic and definitive critique of Ronald Dworkin's highly influential theory of liberal equality. Focusing on the connection Dworkin attempts to establish between economic markets and liberal egalitarian political morality, the study examines hiscontention that markets have an indispensable role...

Colin M. Macleod is Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia. He was educated at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario (where he was awarded the gold medal in philosophy), Dalhousie University, Halifax, and Cornell University (where he earned his PhD.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.46 × 5.31 × 0.75 inPublished:November 3, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198293976

ISBN - 13:9780198293972

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1. Introduction2. Initial Equality3. Equality through Time4. Disabilities5. Unequal Talents6. The Place of Liberty7. Neutrality or Tolerance?8. Conclusion

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`splendid ... sets the standard for future work to emulate. Written in lucid prose, and nicely organized, Macleod's book summarizes Dworkin's principal arguments with clarity and charity, before proceeding to offer serieus challenges to some of his central claims. ... Anyone working on Dworkinor distributive justice more generally must read this impressive contribution to the literature.'Canadian Journal of Political Science