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Healthy Agency as the Representative Good for Basic Justice

Lawrence C. Becker

in Habilitation, Health, and Agency

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199917549
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950454 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917549.003.0007
Healthy Agency as the Representative Good for Basic Justice

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Chapter 6 argues that healthy agency can be used as the representative good for basic justice, replacing income and wealth, pluralistic accounts of basic goods, and various other metrics. It argues that healthy agency is comprehensively implicated in all the other goods by which progress toward basic justice is typically measured, and a metric based upon it can be used effectively in public policy contexts.

Keywords: representative good; income; wealth; pluralism; public policy

Chapter.  8239 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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