Against ‘Complex’ Equality

Richard J. Arneson

in Pluralism, Justice, and Equality

Published in print April 1995 | ISBN: 9780198280088
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599927 | DOI:
 Against ‘Complex’ Equality

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Richard Arneson argues that Michael Walzer's theory of complex equality is not sufficiently egalitarian, as it permits any degree of inequality. Arneson claims that David Miller's reinterpretation of the notion of complex equality as social equality does not succeed in replacing the ideal of distributive equality.

Keywords: complex equality; distributive equality; egalitarianism; inequality; David Miller; social equality; Michael Walzer

Chapter.  10830 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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