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The Luck of the DrawThe Role of Lotteries in Decision Making$
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Peter Stone

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199756100

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756100.001.0001

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The Implications of Impartiality

The Implications of Impartiality

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The Luck of the Draw

Peter Stone

Oxford University Press

The previous chapter argued that the demands of justice—in particular, the demands of the impartiality principle—occasionally require the use of the sanitizing effect that lotteries can provide. This chapter develops three broader implications of this conclusion for how we ought to think about justice. First, the impartiality principle works at the level of the concept of justice, rather than any specific conception of justice. Second, some conceptions of justice (e.g., utilitarianism) have difficulty accommodating the impartiality principles, while others (e.g., deontic conceptions) have an easier time. Third, lotteries can usefully be distinguished from other allocative procedures with which they are often confused, such as rotation or queuing.

Keywords:   lottery, justice, allocation, distribution, impartiality, concept, conception, utilitarianism, rotation, queuing

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