Gifts, Bequests, and Intergenerational Obligations

Eric Rakowski

in Equal Justice

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

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Gifts, Bequests, and Intergenerational Obligations

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Gifts and bequests have the potential to create large disparities in people's holdings, especially when their effects are compounded over time. It would be undesirable to either forbid them altogether or put a cap on donations. This chapter addresses the major challenge of what measures, if any, justice requires to correct inequalities produced by gratuitous transfers of wealth or the unrecompensed provision of services. The discussions outline the implications of justice with regard to gifts between members of an otherwise just community.

Keywords: gifts; bequests; wealth transfer; justice; intestate; property

Chapter.  9158 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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