Chapter

Why Work?

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/10.1093/0199241740.003.0008
Why Work?

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Ch. 7 considers recent theoretical attempts to tie the claiming to social benefits to a willingness to work—attempts that come not from the right of the political spectrum but from the egalitarian left. It tests whether an appeal to the notion of reciprocity in support of this view really can bear the weight being put upon it, before going on to examine what, if anything, it is about work, and contributive activity more generally, that justifies placing it at the heart of accounts of who should get what. The latter part of the chapter is concerned with examining the contrasts and analogies between contemporary egalitarianism and desert theory.

Keywords: contribution; desert; egalitarianism; merit; reciprocity; social benefits; work

Chapter.  10142 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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