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From Rationality to Equality

James P. Sterba


Most contemporary moral and political philosophers would like to have an argument showing that morality is rationally required. This book provides just such an argument and further show that morality, so justified, leads to substantial equality. The argument from rationality to morality is based on the principle of non-question-beggingness and it has two forms. The first assumes that the egoist is willing to argue for egoism non-question-beggingly, and the second only assumes that the egoist is willing to assent to premises she actually needs to achieve her egoistic goals. Either way, it is ar ... More

Keywords: rationality, morality, non-question-begging, egoism, altruism, libertarian, distant peoples, future generations, liberty, equality, welfare, basic needs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199580767
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580767.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James P. Sterba, author
University of Notre Dame