Disparate Goods and Rawls' Difference Principle: A Social Choice Theoretic Treatment

Theory and Decision 11 (3):267 (1979)
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Rawls' Difference Principle asserts that a basic economic structure is just if it makes the worst off people as well off as is feasible. How well off someone is is to be measured by an ???index??? of ???primary social goods???. It is this index that gives content to the principle, and Rawls gives no adequate directions for constructing it. In this essay a version of the difference principle is proposed that fits much of what Rawls says, but that makes use of no index. Instead of invoking an index of primary social goods, the principle formulated here invokes a partial ordering of prospects for opportunities
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John Rawls (2009). A Theory of Justice. In Steven M. Cahn (ed.), Philosophy and Rhetoric. Oxford University Press 133-135.
John Rawls (1977). The Basic Structure As Subject. American Philosophical Quarterly 14 (April):159-165.

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Robert Sudgen (1998). The Metric of Opportunity. Economics and Philosophy 14 (2):307.

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