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Problems of Structure

Thomas Nagel

in Equality and Partiality

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195098396
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199870059 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195098390.003.0009
Problems of Structure

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The main influence of the personal standpoint in determining acceptability concerns the character of individual life within the framework of the basic structure – how personal aims, interests, and commitments are left free to influence the conduct of life. If the personal standpoint could be satisfactorily accommodated for each individual in this domain, it might be possible to neutralize any further claims made by those with advantages in favor of a basic structure under which they would fare better than they could under a strongly egalitarian system. However, the problem of individual motivation remains a pressing obstacle for the impersonal desire for equality.

Keywords: egalitarianism; equality; motivation; values

Chapter.  3895 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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