Desert-based Justice

In Serena Olsaretti (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Distributive Justice. New York, NY, USA: pp. 152-173 (2018)

Jeffrey Moriarty
Bentley University
Justice requires giving people what they deserve. Or so many philosophers – and according to many of those philosophers, everyone else – thought for centuries. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, however, perhaps under the influence of Rawls’s (1971) desert-less theory, desert was largely cast out of discussions of distributive justice. Now it is making a comeback. In this chapter I consider recent research on the concept of desert, arguments for its requital, and connections between desert and other distributive ideals. I suggest that desert-sensitive theories of distributive justice, though they face obstacles, have a promising future.
Keywords desert  justice  responsibility  asymmetry  value  neutrality
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