James Griffin

in Well-Being

Published in print December 1988 | ISBN: 9780198248439
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597558 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks


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Which principles of just distribution are appropriate to our setting, namely, a complex modern economy? The chapter denies that certain principles are sufficient on their own: labour‐based, appropriation‐based, human‐rights‐based, and equality‐based. It argues that the best principle of distribution for a complex modern economy would combine rights‐based and equality‐based elements, resolving along the way the level‐ambiguity (whole society? family? etc.) and object‐ambiguity (equality of what?) that principles of equality often display. It ends by looking at distribution between nations and whether there are distributive principles that apply at all levels.

Keywords: distributive justice; equality; justice

Chapter.  11323 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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