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Left‐Liberalism Revisited

Will Kymlicka

in The Egalitarian Conscience

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199281688
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603747 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199281688.003.0002
 Left‐Liberalism Revisited

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This essay considers how the left’s traditionally uneasy relationship with liberalism has been challenged by recent left-wing engagements with liberal conceptions of equality, of which Cohen’s work is the pre-eminent example. It argues that the liberal concern for individual responsibility has proved a necessary corrective to traditional left-wing ideas of egalitarianism that endorse the unconditional redistribution of wealth.

Keywords: left; liberalism; justice; desert; need; equality; welfare; respect; responsibility

Chapter.  11654 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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