Equality of whom? A genetic perspective on equality (of opportunity)

Res Publica 12 (4):357-383 (2006)

Rawls’ principle of fair equality of opportunity has been regularly discussed and criticized for being inadequate regarding natural inequalities. In so far as this egalitarian goal is sound, the purpose of the paper is to see how the prospect of radical genetic intervention might affect this particular inadequacy. I propose that, in a post-genetic setting, an appropriate response would be to extend the same rules regulating societal inequalities to a regulation of comparable genetic inequalities. I defend this stance against recent arguments from the authors of From Chance to Choice and from Colin Farrelly’s alternative of the genetic difference principle.
Keywords extended equalisation principle  fair equality of opportunity  genetic difference principle  genetic interventions  natural inequalities  normal functioning
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DOI 10.1007/s11158-006-9017-4
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