From Liberty to Equality

James P. Sterba

in From Rationality to Equality

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199580767
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745836 | DOI:
From Liberty to Equality

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In this chapter, Morality as Compromise is completed by showing when the its requirements are enforceable. This is done by starting with the assumptions that are acceptable from a libertarian perspective, the view that appears to endorse the least enforcement of morality, and then showing that this view requires a right to welfare, and that further, this right to welfare, which is also endorsed by a welfare liberal perspective, leads to the substantial equality of a socialist perspective. In effect, recognizing a right to welfare, applicable to all existing and future people, leads to an equal utilization of resources over place and time. It is further argued that this same conclusion can be derived in yet another way — by taking into account the moral status of all living beings.

Keywords: libertarian; welfare; liberty; equality; welfare liberal; socialist; basic needs; nonhuman living beings; ought implies can non-question-begging

Chapter.  25506 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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