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Inheritance of Wealth: Justice, Equality, and the Right to Bequeath

Daniel Halliday


This book presents a philosophical analysis of inherited wealth: it examines both the moral foundations of the right to bequeath wealth and the case for restricting that right with an inheritance tax. The book seeks to approach inheritance as a challenge with much contemporary significance but draws on ideas from the history of political philosophy. The positive proposals that emerge count as a sort of hybrid between luck egalitarian and social egalitarian conceptions of justice, with some sensitivity to utilitarian and libertarian insights. Chapter 1 lays out the main arguments and motivation ... More

Keywords: inherited wealth, political philosophy, inheritance taxation, liberalism, utilitarianism, luck egalitarianism, social egalitarianism, economic segregation, class hierarchy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198803355
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198803355.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Halliday, author
Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Melbourne