The lottery of life and moral desert: An empirical investigation

Philosophical Psychology 29 (8):1112-1127 (2016)

Abstract
As John Rawls makes clear in A Theory of Justice, there is a popular and influential strand of political thought for which brute luck – that is, being lucky in the so-called “lottery of life” – ought to have no place in a theory of distributive justice. Yet the debate about luck, desert, and fairness in contemporary political philosophy has recently been rekindled by a handful of philosophers who claim that desert should play a bigger role in theories of distributive justice. In the present paper, we present the results of our attempts to fill in some of the missing empirical details of this debate. Our findings provide some preliminary evidence that, contrary to what most contemporary political philosophers have assumed, people are not as worried by natural luck as previously thought. Instead, people’s worries seem to be focused exclusively on inequalities generated by social luck.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/09515089.2016.1240362
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 46,282
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

What's Wrong with Libertarianism: A Meritocratic Diagnosis.Thomas Mulligan - 2017 - In Jason Brennan, David Schmidtz & Bas van der Vossen (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism. New York: Routledge. pp. 77-91.
Just Wages, Desert, and Pay-What-You-Want Pricing.Teun Dekker - 2018 - Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 11 (2):144-162.
The Domain of Desert Principles for Taxation.Steven M. Sheffrin - 2018 - Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 11 (2):220-244.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Responsibility, Desert, and Justice.Carl Knight - 2011 - In Carl Knight & Zofia Stemplowska (eds.), Responsibility and Distributive Justice. Oxford University Press.
Brute Luck Equality and Desert.Peter Vallentyne - 2003 - In Sabrina Olsaretti (ed.), Desert and Justice. Clarendon Press.
Just Deserts: The Significance of Desert to Distributive Justice.Jeffrey Moriarty - 2002 - Dissertation, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick
Luck and the Domain of Distributive Justice.Daniel Schwartz - 2010 - European Journal of Philosophy 18 (2):244-261.
Moral Luck, Control, and the Bases of Desert.David W. Concepcion - 2002 - Journal of Value Inquiry 36 (4):455-461.
Rawls’s Rejection of Preinstitutional Desert.Tea Logar - 2013 - Acta Analytica 28 (4):483-494.
Desert and Distributive Justice in a Theory of Justice.Jeffrey Moriarty - 2002 - Journal of Social Philosophy 33 (1):131–143.
Moral Responsibility and "Moral Luck".Brian Rosebury - 1995 - Philosophical Review 104 (4):499-524.
Against the Asymmetry of Desert.Jeffrey Moriarty - 2003 - Noûs 37 (3):518–536.
Smilansky, Arneson, and the Asymmetry of Desert.Jeffrey Moriarty - 2013 - Philosophical Studies 162 (3):537-545.
Desert and Justice.Serena Olsaretti (ed.) - 2003 - Oxford University Press.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2016-10-31

Total views
11 ( #730,941 of 2,285,991 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #833,345 of 2,285,991 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature