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Luck, equality and responsibility

Dowding, Keith


Egalitarians claim that inequality in society is only justified to the extent that it results from choices freely and responsibly made. Inequality resulting from brute bad luck is not justified. I argue that luck, and therefore responsibility, are defined in terms of the reward structure. Luck and responsibility are epiphenomena of the incentives that people have to choose from the opportunity sets available. To that end egalitarians should look more directly at the degree of inequality that is...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
DOI: 10.1080/13698230903326265


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