Law and Philosophy 28 (4):327 - 365 (2009)

Carl Knight
University of Glasgow
This articles proposes that theories and principles of distributive justice be considered substantively egalitarian iff they satisfy each of three conditions: (1) they consider the bare fact that a person is in certain circumstances to be a conclusive reason for placing another relevantly identically entitled person in the same circumstances, except where this conflicts with other similarly conclusive reasons arising from the circumstances of other persons; (2) they can be stated as 'equality of x for all persons', making no explicit or implicit exclusion of persons or individuals and showing no greater concern and respect for some rather than others; and (3) they pursue equality in a dimension that is valuable to egalitarians. On this construal, prioritarianism and Dworkinian equality of resources, a view often identified as luck egalitarian, are not substantively egalitarian, but equality of opportunity, the standard form of luck egalitarianism, may be.
Keywords Philosophy   Political Science   Law Theory/Law Philosophy   Philosophy of Law
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DOI 10.1007/s10982-008-9040-z
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What is Egalitarianism?Samuel Scheffler - 2003 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 31 (1):5-39.
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Equality, Priority or What?Larry S. Temkin - 2003 - Economics and Philosophy 19 (1):61-87.
Must Egalitarians Choose Between Fairness and Respect?Timothy Hinton - 2001 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 30 (1):72-87.
Utility Tempered with Equality.Paul Weirich - 1983 - Noûs 17 (3):423-439.

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