The Social Division of Responsibility

Christopher Lake

in Equality and Responsibility

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199241743
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599743 | DOI:
The Social Division of Responsibility

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Ch. 4 looks in more detail at the place of claims about responsibility in arguments not just about how goods should be distributed but also about what those goods should be. It assesses an argument that appears to combine claims about what people are responsible for with claims about what they should have equal amounts of, namely, the social division of responsibility argument advanced by Rawls.

Keywords: primary goods; public justifiability; John Rawls; social division of responsibility

Chapter.  8712 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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