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Equality and Responsibility

Christopher Lake


These days, arguments about distributive justice—i.e. arguments about who should get what—often centre around two ideas. One is that goods should be distributed equally. The other is that how people fare in life should depend on what they are responsible for. In a wide‐ranging discussion, the author asks what it is that draws us to these two ideas and whether they lend themselves to being combined, in the way contemporary egalitarian thinkers seek to combine them, or whether they necessarily pull in different directions. Along the way, he examines how arguments about responsibility and natural ... More

Keywords: desert, distributive justice, egalitarianism, equality, luck, Nagel, natural talents, responsibility, work

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199241743
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199241740.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Lake, author
until recently Fellow and Tutor in Politics, Magdalen College, Oxford University and now works in the private sector