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Equality and Opportunity$
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Shlomi Segall

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661817

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661817.001.0001

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Inequality of Risks

Inequality of Risks

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(p.64) 3 Inequality of Risks
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Equality and Opportunity
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Shlomi Segall

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661817.003.0003

Is it unjust for two individuals to face unequal risks following an imprudent conduct (e.g. smoking)? A recent strand in luck egalitarianism (All-luck egalitarianism [ALE]) says that it is. This chapter argues that the resulting inequalities from imprudent conduct are not unjust, even when they stem from inequality in risks. It follows that the scope of our concern with equality of opportunity should be limited: it need not include inequality of opportunity to act imprudently.

Keywords:   Risks, brute luck, option luck, imprudence, all-luck-egalitarianism, smoking

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