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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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If you’re a Luck Egalitarian, How Come You Read Bedtime Stories to Your Children?

If you’re a Luck Egalitarian, How Come You Read Bedtime Stories to Your Children?

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(p.153) 7 If you’re a Luck Egalitarian, How Come You Read Bedtime Stories to Your Children?
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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/9780199661817.003.0007

The other main objection to radical equality of opportunity in education and upbringing is that it places too burdensome duties on parents. In particular, it restricts what seems to us legitimate parental partiality towards their children. Radical equality of opportunity is forced to instruct parents to neutralize any potential advantage that their children may have over other, less fortunate children. This will include refraining from reading to them bedtime stories, in as much as doing so will instil in the child an advantage. The chapter defends radical EOp from this objection by delineating a legitimate scope for parental partiality. Parents are allowed to deviate from the strict requirements of radical EOp when what is at stake is irreplaceable contribution to the intimate value of family relations. This does not make bedtime story telling just, but it does make it excusable.

Keywords:   Children, family, parental partiality, Andrew Mason, Harry Brighouse, Adam Swift, neutralization, mitigation

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