Egalitarianism and responsibility

Journal of Ethics 3 (3):225-247 (1999)
This essay examines several possible rationales for the egalitarian judgment that justice requires better-off individuals to help those who are worse off even in the absence of social interaction. These rationales include equality (everyone should enjoy the same level of benefits), moral meritocracy (each should get benefits according to her responsibility or deservingness), the threshold of sufficiency (each should be assured a minimally decent quality of life), prioritarianism (a function of benefits to individuals should be maximized that gives priority to the worse off), and mixed views. A case is made for adopting either prioritarianism or a mixed view that gives priority both to the worse off and to the more responsible and deserving
Keywords desert  equality  prioritarianism  responsibility
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DOI 10.1023/A:1009874016786
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Shlomi Segall (2012). Why Egalitarians Should Not Care About Equality. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 15 (4):507 - 519.
Yitzhak Benbaji (2006). Sufficiency or Priority? European Journal of Philosophy 14 (3):327–348.

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