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Unequal Talents

Colin M. Macleod

in Liberalism, Justice, and Markets

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780198293972
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599798 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198293976.003.0005
 Unequal Talents

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Examines Dworkin's analysis of, and proposed solution to, the problem for egalitarian justice by natural differences in individual talent. Egalitarians seek a distribution that is ambition (or choice) sensitive but endowment insensitive. Dworkin's diagnosis of the nature of the problem posed by unequal natural endowment is flawed and his attempt to develop a theory of redistributive taxation on a complex hypothetical insurance market scheme faces many serious objections.

Keywords: ambition; disability; endowment; individual responsibility; insurance market; redistribution; slavery of the talented; talent; taxation

Chapter.  17432 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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