Chapter

The Egalitarian Intuition

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/10.1093/0199241740.003.0006
The Egalitarian Intuition

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Ch. 5 tests the egalitarian intuition—the intuition that it is objectionable for some to be worse off than others through no fault of their own. It does this by examining how claims about the background conditions facing an individual bear upon claims about the legitimacy of his foreground holdings. It argues that it is simply careless to suppose that responsibility for foreground holdings necessarily requires equality of background conditions and it points to the ways in which the commitment of egalitarians to the claims of responsibility is compromised by their focus on the elimination of differential chances, opportunities, or luck.

Keywords: background; brute luck; egalitarian intuition; holdings; opportunity; option luck; responsibility

Chapter.  11931 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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