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Liberalism, Justice, and MarketsA Critique of Liberal Equality$
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Colin M. Macleod

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198293972

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198293976.001.0001

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Unequal Talents

Unequal Talents

(p.110) 5 Unequal Talents
Liberalism, Justice, and Markets

Colin M. Macleod

Oxford University Press

Examines Dworkin's analysis of, and proposed solution to, the problem for egalitarian justice by natural differences in individual talent. Egalitarians seek a distribution that is ambition (or choice) sensitive but endowment insensitive. Dworkin's diagnosis of the nature of the problem posed by unequal natural endowment is flawed and his attempt to develop a theory of redistributive taxation on a complex hypothetical insurance market scheme faces many serious objections.

Keywords:   ambition, disability, endowment, individual responsibility, insurance market, redistribution, slavery of the talented, talent, taxation

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