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Real Freedom for All: What (if Anything) Can Justify Capitalism?

Philippe Van Parijs


What is a just society? It is a society in which the real freedom to do whatever one might wish to do is fairly distributed among all. This conception of social justice combines freedom, equality, and efficiency. It justifies granting to each citizen an unconditional basic income at the highest sustainable level consistent with two conditions: respect for everyone's formal freedom and an appropriate level of resources target at the less able. Is such an unconditional basic income not a recipe for exploitation of the hard workers by the lazy? Not in any sense that makes exploitation intrinsical ... More

Keywords: capitalism, equality, exploitation, income distribution just society, real freedom, social justice, socialism, sustainable, unconditional basic income

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198293576
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198293577.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philippe Van Parijs, author
Université Catholique de Louvain