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Early Principles of Equality and Inequality

Henry Phelps Brown

in Egalitarianism and the Generation of Inequality

Published in print November 1988 | ISBN: 9780198286486
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596773 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198286481.003.0002
 Early Principles of Equality and Inequality

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This chapter on the early principles of equality and inequality starts by looking at the ancient Greek view of inequality––the Greeks having been very conscious of the differences between people's ways of life. It goes on in the next section to discuss progression to the idea of ‘equality before the law of nature’. This began with the view developed by the Greeks that all things behave according to the laws of their own beings, and continued on to the Roman view of equality according to the law of nature, in which the challenge to inequality was sustained. The last section of the chapter looks at the mediaeval view of inequality.

Keywords: equality; Greeks; history; inequality; law of nature; Medieval Ages; Romans

Chapter.  10199 words. 

Subjects: Public Economics

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