Elizabeth Anderson

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195376692
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

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This article proposes a broader conception of equality that aims to recover the rich insights of the history of egalitarian thought and contemporary egalitarian social movements. On this view, “equality” refers to egalitarian ideals of social relations. It advocates a relational conception of equality that is superior to the distributive conception in part because it offers a better framework for understanding the history of egalitarian political theory and the concerns of egalitarian social movements. The latter, in turn, provide compelling normative reasons for adopting the relational conception.

Keywords: egalitarians; social movements; social relations; social hierarchy; relational conception; distributive conception

Article.  8541 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy

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