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Ineluctable Risks: Illness and Injury

Eric Rakowski

in Equal Justice

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240792
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680274 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240792.003.0004

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Ineluctable Risks: Illness and Injury

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Although option luck affects the size of people's holdings and their ability to cope with calamity, brute luck is often the more important arbiter of people's material and psychological well-being. However, it gives rise to inequities. This chapter takes up the problems posed by bad brute luck in two of its most conspicuous forms — illness and injury. The situation to which normal adults fall when they are afflicted with diseases or injured in accidents for no fault of their own are a case in point. To the extent that they have not increased the probability of their falling prey to a particular disease or being injured, they have unquestionably suffered bad brute luck.

Keywords: brute luck; illness; injury; inequity; disease; risk; fortune; actual choice

Chapter.  9291 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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