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What Is Objectionable About Inequalities?

Christopher Lake

in Equality and Responsibility

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199241743
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599743 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199241740.003.0002
What Is Objectionable About Inequalities?

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Ch. 1 examines three kinds of objections to inequalities—those that focus on the consequences of inequalities, those that focus on the causes of inequality, and those that focus on the bare fact of inequality—and the ways in which these objections are linked to the kinds of advantages and disadvantages the inequalities are in. It discusses how objections to inequalities relate to arguments about responsibility and asks why certain egalitarians believe the responsibility of individuals to be a matter of indifference where holdings of goods are equal and a matter of importance where they are unequal—allowing for the possibility that some of those who think of themselves as egalitarians are really responsibilitarians in matters of distribution.

Keywords: distribution; egalitarian intuition; egalitarianism; inequality; interpersonal advantage; intrapersonal advantage; levelling down; responsibilitarianism; responsibility

Chapter.  8434 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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