The Prudential Lifespan Account

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

The Prudential Lifespan Account

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This chapter deals with the view that identifies fairness among temporal parts of different lives with the distribution that would be chosen by prudence over the different temporal parts of one life. This idea is at the heart of Daniels's theory of justice between age groups, the prudential lifespan account. If, however, we decide to apply egalitarian principles to temporal parts of lives, it should not take this form. The chapter's criticisms of the prudential lifespan account include both intuitive judgments about the consequences that it is stated the theory would lead to, and more theoretical objections that question the basic ideas in the theory.

Keywords: fairness; temporal parts of lives; theory of justice; prudential life span account; egalitarianism

Chapter.  5805 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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