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Reassessing egalitarianism

Author: Jeremy Moss
Publisher: Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Achieving social equality has been an important aim of modern democratic societies. Yet the process has engendered debate about the nature of equality and the consequences of its application. Why is equality valuable? What kind of equality should be aimed for? When is inequality justified? Should a principle of equality apply globally? The book assesses and links the different dimensions of equality and asks whether  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremy Moss
ISBN: 9781137385970 1137385979
OCLC Number: 870285591
Description: vii, 180 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: The value of equality --
Equality of what? --
Equality and responsibility --
Global egalitarianism --
Scope and focus --
1. The Value of Equality --
1.1. Introduction --
The importance of equality --
1.2. Equality as intrinsically valuable --
1.3. Equality and sufficiency --
Scarcity --
Thresholds --
1.4. Prioritarianism --
Leveling down --
1.5. Egalitarian responses --
Pluralism --
Fairness --
1.6. Valuing equality --
1.7. Conclusion --
2. Equality of What? --
2.1. Introduction --
2.2. Equality of welfare --
Actual preferences --
Success theories --
Responses --
2.3. Equality of resources --
Rawls and primary goods --
Criticisms of Rawls's account of primary goods --
2.4. Dworkin: auctioning resources --
Insurance and endowment insensitivity: luck and handicaps --
Dworkin's equality of resources: preferences and the market --
Dworkin on the market and the role of preferences --
2.5. Capabilities --
Sen and capabilities --
Nussbaum and capabilities. 2.6. Assessment of the capability approach --
Freedom --
Selection and weighting --
Hard cases, heterogeneity, and disrespect --
2.7. Conclusion --
3. Egalitarianism and Responsibility --
3.1. Introduction --
Different kinds of responsibilities --
Two roles for equality: Rawls and the luck egalitarians --
3.2. Motivating luck egalitarianism --
The harshness objection and lack of respect --
Limiting the role of chance and choice --
3.3. Relational egalitarianism --
Equality as equal standing --
3.4. Luck egalitarian responses --
3.5. Conclusion: assessing the debate --
4. Global Egalitarianism --
4.1. Introduction --
4.2. Justice as association: the basic structure --
4.3. Assessing the cooperation/reciprocity argument --
Reciprocity --
Pervasive impact --
Coercion --
4.4. Moral personality --
Moral persons --
4.5. Equality of natural resources --
4.6. Equality and the carbon budget --
The atmosphere and equal shares --
Assessing the equal per capita approach --
4.7. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Jeremy Moss, the Social Justice Intitiative, University of Melbourne, Australia.


Through an analysis of the different dimensions of equality, this book provides a critical introduction to recent philosophical work on egalitarianism, discussing the central questions associated  Read more...
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