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Natural Talents, Luck, and the Market

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/10.1093/0199241740.003.0007
Natural Talents, Luck, and the Market

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Ch. 6 looks at the position adopted by contemporary egalitarians on the moral status of natural talents—a position that draws much of its force from Rawls's claims about the arbitrariness of their distribution. It reveals important ambiguities within that position, not least in terms of whether the worry is about natural talents in themselves or about the social mechanisms by which rewards attach to talents, natural or otherwise. This prepares the way for a broader discussion of the extent to which responsibility‐minded egalitarians can commit themselves to endorsing markets and market outcomes.

Keywords: distribution; egalitarianism; markets; natural lottery; natural talents; John Rawls

Chapter.  11638 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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