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Ending Midlife BiasNew Values for Old Age$
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Nancy S. Jecker

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190949075

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190949075.001.0001

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Justice between Old and Young

Justice between Old and Young

(p.127) 5 Justice between Old and Young
Ending Midlife Bias

Nancy S. Jecker

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 shifts from asking which values matter for individuals to asking which matter for groups of people at different ages. It addresses age group justice by proposing principles of relational equality, capability sufficiency, and reparations. It defends these principles by appealing to human dignity and central human capabilities. The chapter asks how to deploy justice principles over time; it argues for honoring capability sufficiency at each moment of a person’s life, while permitting inequalities at time slices that even out over the course of a person’s life. The chapter interrogates fair-innings arguments that discount later life and exposes values inherent in viewing life as a rule-governed game. It juxtaposes the metaphors of life as a game with life as a narrative, and argues for a narrative approach.

Keywords:   age group justice, intergenerational justice, fair innings, relational egalitarianism, social relational egalitarianism, sufficientarianism, reparations, complete life, human dignity, human capabilities

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