Carl Knight

in Luck Egalitarianism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638697
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652815 | DOI:

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This chapter explores the role of responsibility in luck egalitarianism. Some writers – Susan Hurley being the most prominent – aver that the marriage of equality and responsibility is an unhappy one. The discussion argues that, quite to the contrary, full responsibilitarianism implies luck egalitarianism, provided there have been responsible acts. Other critics, such as Samuel Scheffler, suggest that luck egalitarianism's use of responsibility renders it implausible for metaphysically based reasons. In reply, this chapter urges that luck egalitarianism is actually unusually sensitive to our metaphysical uncertainty. Other theories, such as outcome egalitarianism, appear to make just the untenable assumptions that luck egalitarianism is alleged to make. Furthermore, luck egalitarianism's metaphysical sensitivity can be readily accommodated at the level of application.

Keywords: full responsibilitarianism; luck egalitarianism; Samuel Scheffler; metaphysical uncertainty; outcome egalitarianism

Chapter.  11433 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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