Alternative Justifications for Welfare and Equality

James P. Sterba

in From Rationality to Equality

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199580767
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745836 | DOI:
Alternative Justifications for Welfare and Equality

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Now other philosophers too have attempted to provide a justification of welfare and substantial equality. This chapter considers attempts to do so by Ronald Dworkin, John Harris, Jeremy Waldron, Gillian Brock, Richard Norman, Henry Shue, Richard Miller, G.A. Cohen, and Left-Libertarians as a group. While some of these philosophers have argued from explicitly nonlibertarian premises (Cohen in his last book), and one has tried to show that the libertarian's own view is absurd (Dworkin), most have simply tried to show that the libertarian ideal, properly interpreted, leads to welfare or equality. This chapter examines each of these attempts in turn, comparing them to the argument from liberty to equality defended in this book.

Keywords: libertarian; liberty; welfare; equality; Robert Nozick

Chapter.  8485 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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