Recent Critics of the Liberty-to-Equality Argument

James P. Sterba

in From Rationality to Equality

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199580767
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745836 | DOI:
Recent Critics of the Liberty-to-Equality Argument

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The argument from liberty to equality presented in the previous chapter has not been without its critics. Accordingly, the argument in its present form owes a great deal to past critiques of its earlier incarnations. This chapter considers and replies to would-be devastating critiques that have now been directed against the latest version of the argument by John Christman, Allan Gibbard. Gerald Gaus, Tibor Machan, and Jan Narveson. Like many past critics of the argument, these recent critics also look upon the argument for equality, for the most part, with deadly intent. This chapter purports to show how the argument can, in fact, be further strengthened and developed through responding to them.

Keywords: liberty; equality; critics; Henry Sidgwick; basic needs

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Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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