The Implications of Impartiality

Peter Stone

in The Luck of the Draw

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199756100
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895120 | DOI:
The Implications of Impartiality

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The previous chapter argued that the demands of justice—in particular, the demands of the impartiality principle—occasionally require the use of the sanitizing effect that lotteries can provide. This chapter develops three broader implications of this conclusion for how we ought to think about justice. First, the impartiality principle works at the level of the concept of justice, rather than any specific conception of justice. Second, some conceptions of justice (e.g., utilitarianism) have difficulty accommodating the impartiality principles, while others (e.g., deontic conceptions) have an easier time. Third, lotteries can usefully be distinguished from other allocative procedures with which they are often confused, such as rotation or queuing.

Keywords: lottery; justice; allocation; distribution; impartiality; concept; conception; utilitarianism; rotation; queuing

Chapter.  13082 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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