Justice, Responsibility, and the Demands of Equality

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Title: Justice, Responsibility, and the Demands of Equality
Author: Scanlon, Thomas
Citation: Scanlon, Thomas. 2006. Justice, responsibility, and the demands of equality. In The egalitarian conscience: Essays in honour of G.A. Cohen, ed. Christine Sypnowich, 70-87. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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Abstract: This essay considers the disagreement between Cohen and Rawls on the question of whether individuals should be held responsible for their tastes and preferences. It notes the difference in principle, since the primary goods measure of Rawls holds individuals responsible for their choices as to how to deploy these goods, whereas Cohen’s aim is to equalize access to advantage, and thereby the satisfaction of persons, however costly. It is argued that since Cohen concedes that practical matters of application might compromise egalitarian principle, the two thinkers might be, in practice, not that dissimilar.
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199281688.001.0001
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