Justice as Fairness: Luck Egalitarian, Not Rawlsian
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I assess G. A. Cohen’s claim, which is central to his luck egalitarian account of distributive justice, that forcing others to pay for people’s expensive indulgence is inegalitarian because it amounts to their exploitation. I argue that the forced subsidy of such indulgence may well be unfair, but any such unfairness fails to ground an egalitarian complaint. I conclude that Cohen’s account of distributive justice has a non-egalitarian as well as an egalitarian aspect. Each impulse arises from an underlying commitment to fairness. Cohen’s account of distributive justice is therefore one of justice as fairness.
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- Justice as Fairness: Luck Egalitarian, Not Rawlsian
The Journal of Ethics
Volume 14, Issue 3-4 , pp 217-230
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- G. A. Cohen
- Expensive tastes
- Luck egalitarianism
- Michael Otsuka (1)
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- 1. Department of Philosophy, University College London, WC1E 6BT, London, UK