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 chapter explains egalitarian priority and how it can be applied to temporal parts of lives. It argues that a view based on priority escapes the objections against applying equality to temporal parts of lives. The priority view was developed by Temkin and Parfit. Unlike equality, egalitarian priority is not a relative or comparative value. It is concerned with improving lives of low quality, not with changing the relationship between these lives and other lives. Its basic claim is that the value of a benefit depends, in part, on the quality of the life of the person who receives it.

Keywords: egalitarian priority; temporal parts of lives; quality of live; equality

Chapter.  10046 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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