The Components of Justice

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:
The Components of Justice

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This chapter puts the spotlight on those considerations of distributive justice that are neither egalitarian nor responsibilitarian. It argues that while luck egalitarianism can be adjusted in a minor way to ensure that basic needs are met, it cannot respond satisfactorily to other matters concerning absolute (non-comparative) levels of advantage. In this connection, the chapter identifies four main forms of inefficiency. Even when combined with other principles of justice, luck egalitarianism leads that combination towards one or another form of injustice. A stronger account of distributive justice, however, may include certain significant elements of responsibilitarianism and luck egalitarianism.

Keywords: distributive justice; absolute advantage; luck egalitarianism; injustice; responsibilitarianism

Chapter.  13079 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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