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Social Equality: On What It Means to be Equals

Carina Fourie, Fabian Schuppert, and Ivo Wallimann-Helmer


This volume presents new analyses of social and relational equality in philosophy and political theory. The chapters analyze the nature of social equality and its relationship with justice and with politics. Is equality valuable? This question dominates many discussions of social justice. These discussions tend to center on whether certain forms of distributive equality are valuable, such as the equal distribution of primary social goods. They tend to neglect what is known as social or relational equality. Social egalitarians often argue that this form of equality is a more fundamental notion ... More

Keywords: egalitarianism, justice, relational equality, social equality, status

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199331109
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199331109.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carina Fourie, editor
Ethics Research Institute, Philosophy Department, University of Zurich

Fabian Schuppert, editor
Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, Queen's University Belfast

Ivo Wallimann-Helmer, editor
University of Zurich

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The Nature and Distinctiveness of Social Equality: An Introduction

Carina Fourie, Fabian Schuppert, and Ivo Wallimann-Helmer

Part I The Nature of Social Equality

1 The Practice of Equality

Samuel Scheffler

4 To Praise and to Scorn

Carina Fourie

5 Being Equals

Fabian Schuppert

Part II The Relationship between Equality, Justice, and Politics

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