Justice and the Elderly

  • Anders Schinkel
Part of the Ethics and Health Policy book series (EHP, volume 1)


Analytical philosophy has not shied away from such a big question as what a just society would look like, how it would be organized. Sometimes a particular segment of society, or a specific dimension is singled out—often in response to a perceived lacuna—as in work on gender justice or justice and the family (e.g. Kirp et al. 1986; Robeyns 2007). When it comes to the elderly, however, broad perspectives and wider visions are nowhere to be seen. A thorough search of the academic literature reveals that the conjunction of ‘justice’ and ‘elderly’ has resulted in just a few topics for philosophical and ethical debate.


Elderly People Distributive Justice Formal Principle Legitimate Claim Filial Obligation 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



In writing this chapter I have benefited greatly from various people’s helpful comments on earlier drafts; thanks are due especially to Martijn Boot, Patrick Delaere, Anca Gheaus, Elke Müller, Gijs van Oenen, Ingrid Robeyns, Maureen Sie, Christian van der Veeke, Nicole van Voorst Vader-Bours and Arno Wouters at Erasmus University Rotterdam, as well as to the editors of this volume. The research for this paper was done in the context of Ingrid Robeyns VICI project Social Justice and the New Welfare State, financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Psychology of EducationUniversity of AmsterdamHV AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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