Social Theory and Practice 32 (2):173-189 (2006)

Authors
Carl Knight
University of Glasgow
Abstract
Some critics of luck egalitarianism have suggested that its reference to responsibility leaves it either assuming metaphysical libertarianism or (in the inevitable absence of a resolution of the free will problem) practically impotent. This paper argues that luck egalitarianism need not fall into either trap. It may in fact be sensitive to the possibility that libertarianism is false, and would not be undermined were this the case. Here luck egalitarianism actually fares better than outcome egalitarianism, which assumes, in just the way luck egalitarianism allegedly does, a controversial metaphysical position. There is, moreover, little difficulty in applying luck egalitarianism in practical contexts on the basis of our best guess about the relevant metaphysical questions. This solution is, of course, non-ideal, but appears preferable to the alternatives, such as simply assuming that metaphysical account of responsibility that offers the best fit with our favored theory of distributive justice
Keywords Applied Philosophy  Social and Political Philosophy
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 0037-802X
DOI 10.5840/soctheorpract200632212
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: 50,100
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

Luck Egalitarianism.Carl Knight - 2013 - Philosophy Compass 8 (10):924-934.
Political Egalitarianism.Joseph Heath - 2008 - Social Theory and Practice 34 (4):485-516.
Justice and the Grey Box of Responsibility.Carl Knight - 2010 - Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory 57 (124):86-112.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

The Incompleteness of Luck Egalitarianism.Ryan Long - 2011 - Social Philosophy Today 27:87-96.
Equality and Information.Carl Knight & Roger Knight - 2012 - Ethical Perspectives 19 (3):469-499.
Hurley on Egalitarianism and the Luck-Neutralizing Aim.Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen - 2005 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 4 (2):249-265.
Distributive Luck.Carl Knight - 2012 - South African Journal of Philosophy 31 (2):541-559.
In Defence of Luck Egalitarianism.Carl Knight - 2005 - Res Publica 11 (1):1-10.
Egalitarian Justice and Expected Value.Carl Knight - 2013 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16 (5):1061-1073.
Review of Carl Knight, Luck Egalitarianism. [REVIEW]Matthew Lister - 2012 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 9 (1):127-30.
In Defence of Global Egalitarianism.Carl Knight - 2012 - Journal of Global Ethics 8 (1):107-116.
On the Significance of the Basic Structure: A Priori Baseline Views and Luck Egalitarianism.Robert Jubb - 2011 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 14 (1):59-79.
Choices Chance and Change: Luck Egalitarianism Over Time.Patrick Tomlin - 2013 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16 (2):393-407.
Can I Be a Luck Egaliatarian and a Rawlsian?Patrick Tomlin - 2012 - Ethical Perspectives 19 (3):371-397.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2011-01-09

Total views
100 ( #90,661 of 2,324,545 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #682,670 of 2,324,545 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes