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Jonathan Wolff and Avner de-Shalit


What does it mean to be disadvantaged? Is it possible to compare different disadvantages? What should governments do to move their societies in the direction of equality, where equality is to be understood both in distributional and social terms? Linking analytical philosophical theory with broad empirical studies, including interviews conducted for the purpose of this book, it is shown how taking theory and practice together is essential if the theory is to be rich enough to be applied to the real world, and policy systematic enough to have purpose and justification. The book is divided into ... More

Keywords: corrosive disadvantages, declustering disadvantage, fertile functionings, functionings, secure functionings, genuine opportunities, least advantaged, Martha Nussbaum, pluralism, risk

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199278268
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278268.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Wolff, author
Professor of Philosophy, University College, London
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Avner de-Shalit, author
Professor of Democracy and Human Rights, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
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