Res Publica

, 17:211

Need There be a Defence of Equality? Winner of the 2010 Postgraduate Essay Prize

Authors

    • Department of PoliticsUniversity of Exeter
PG Essay Prize

DOI: 10.1007/s11158-011-9156-0

Cite this article as:
Nathan, C. Res Publica (2011) 17: 211. doi:10.1007/s11158-011-9156-0

Abstract

There is an apparent problem in identifying a basis for equality. This problem vanishes if what I call the ‘intuited response’ is successful. According to this response, there is no further explanation of the significance of the feature in virtue of which an individual matters, beyond the bare fact that it is the feature in virtue of which an individual matters. I argue against this claim, and conclude that if the problem of identifying a basis for equality is to be resolved, it is necessary to defend a substantive account of the independent significance of some feature.

Keywords

Equality Egalitarianism Justification Explanation Moral status

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