Voluntary Choices and Emergent Inequalities

Eric Rakowski

in Equal Justice

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240792
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680274 | DOI:

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Voluntary Choices and Emergent Inequalities

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This chapter explores whether justice requires the transfer of resources after initial assignments have been made to correct some emergent inequalities. While discussing this issue, Ronald Dworkin's distinction between “option luck” and “brute luck” is given considerable importance. However, a distinction between brute and option luck cannot be drawn, because both kinds of chance event are equally inevitable. Justification for the differential treatment of brute and option luck is elaborated here while discussing the exemplary cases of option luck.

Keywords: inequality; option luck; brute luck; business; Ronald Dworkin; losses; profit; invention

Chapter.  7490 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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