Justice, Luck, and Desert

Serena Olsaretti

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548439
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577406 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Justice, Luck, and Desert

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This article examines the relation among luck, justice, and desert in the context of contemporary political theory. The distinctive feature of the conventional view of desert-based justice consists in its claim that we deserve on the basis of our achievements, the outcome of our actions, or the quality of our performances. One challenge to the conventional view's treatment of the relation between justice, luck, and desert comes from those who hold that desert-based justice is compatible with more luck than is allowed by the conventional view.

Keywords: luck; justice; desert; political theory; desert-based justice

Article.  5825 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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