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Levelling the Playing FieldThe Idea of Equal Opportunity and its Place in Egalitarian Thought$
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Andrew Mason

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199264414

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264414.001.0001

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A Responsible Egalitarianism

A Responsible Egalitarianism

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(p.158) CHAPTER 7 A Responsible Egalitarianism
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Levelling the Playing Field
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Andrew Mason (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264414.003.0008

This chapter explores this form of egalitarianism further by asking when justice requires us to hold people responsible for their behaviour by requiring them to bear its costs. Some maintain that people can legitimately be required to bear the costs of their behaviour if and only if they could have acted otherwise and no excusing conditions apply. Against this formulation, some would argue that what matters is whether an agent's behaviour is responsive to his reasons in the right way, and whether there are any excusing conditions, but not whether he could have acted otherwise. It is argued that both of these accounts are inadequate because they do not recognize the full range of reasons we might have for not requiring a person to bear the full costs of his behaviour.

Keywords:   egalitarianism, justice, behaviour, costs, control, moral responsibility, reason, conception

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