Journal of Speculative Philosophy 21 (2):115 - 123 (2007)

David Rondel
University of Nevada, Reno
In this paper I describe how Kant’s idea about the impossibility of moral luck has come to influence, via Rawls, recent writings in egalitarian theory. I argue that this influence has been detrimental for the study of equality. Further, I claim that the major deficiencies of this post-Rawlsian egalitarianism (nicely described by Elizabeth Anderson’s title “luck egalitarianism) are both effectively critiqued and corrected by the understanding of equality and its value located in John Dewey’s writings.
Keywords Luck Egalitarianism  Elizabeth Anderson  American Pragmatism
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