Dennis McKerlie

in Justice Between the Young and the Old

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199769131
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979615 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Ethics Series


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This introductory chapter first briefly sets out the book's focus—justice between the young and the old—considering some important social institutions that distribute resources, and, consequently, benefits and harms, among people of different ages. The aim is to offer a persuasive general theory of justice between the young and the old. It discusses two issues of justice: the operation of public pension systems for retirees such as the Canada Pension Plan and American Social Security; and health care. Next, it offers a positive view that applies egalitarian considerations to temporal parts of lives or to people at particular times. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: young; old; justice; social institutions; social security; public pension systems; health care; egalitarianism

Chapter.  6201 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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