Equality, Responsibility, and 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:
Equality, Responsibility, and Justice

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The general view inspired by Ronald Dworkin's accomplishment has become known as ‘responsibility-sensitive egalitarianism’, ‘equality of fortune’ or, more commonly, ‘luck egalitarianism’. While it is widely accepted that luck egalitarianism seeks to combine the traditionally radical idea of distributive equality with the traditionally conservative concern for holding people responsible for their actions, there is much disagreement about the specific nature of its objective, the most appropriate way of realizing the objective, and the desirability, from various perspectives, of the objective and its particular realizations. This chapter introduces all three of these issues.

Keywords: luck egalitarianism; responsibility-sensitive egalitarianism; fortune; distributive equality; Ronald Dworkin

Chapter.  3495 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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