Human Rights Review

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 229–247 | Cite as

Justice: Plain Old and Distributive: Rejoinder to Charles Taylor

  • Michael Saliba
  • Nick Capaldi
  • Walter Block


This paper argues that the views of Charles Taylor on justice in income and wealth distribution are fallacious, especially in regard to issues such as private property rights, justice, human rights, and theft. As to this last point, Taylor maintains it is possible, under certain circumstances, to “legitimately steal.” We regard this as a philosophical howler of the first order. We also demur from his contention that equity and equality can be used as synonyms.


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The authors of the present paper would like to thank our Loyola University New Orleans colleagues Fr. Steven Rowntree, S.J., Fr. Si Hendry, S.J., and Fr. Peter Bernardi, S.J. for bringing Taylor (1985) to our attention. We are also grateful to our Loyola University New Orleans colleague Gary Herbert for editorial assistance that greatly improved an earlier draft of our paper and also to an unusually active and perceptive anonymous referee of this journal. We are of course solely responsible for all remaining errors and infelicities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Business AdministrationLoyola University New OrleansNew OrleansUSA

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