Family, Choice, and Distributive Justice

Véronique Munoz‐Dardé

in The Moral and Political Status of Children

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780199242689
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598715 | DOI:
 Family, Choice, and Distributive Justice

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One perspective on justice asks individuals directly to bear the costs of their own choices, whilst the other asks them to do so only after background conditions of justice have been established by fair institutions. The latter is preferable, but the existence of the family seriously limits the realization of a principle of equality of opportunity. The family in some form must exist if any society is to be just, and thus this principle of equal opportunity cannot have lexical priority in a theory of justice.

Keywords: choice; costs; equal opportunity; fair institutions; family; justice; lexical priority

Chapter.  10190 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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