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Equality versus Priority: A Useful Distinction

Broome, John


Both egalitarianism and prioritarianism give value to equality. Prioritarianism has an additively separable value function whereas egalitarianism does not. I show that in some cases prioritarianism and egalitarianism necessarily have different implications: I describe two alternatives G and H such that egalitarianism necessarily implies G is better than H whereas prioritarianism necessarily implies G and H are equally good. I also raise a doubt about the intelligibility of prioritarianism.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Economics and Philosophy
DOI: 10.1017/S0266267115000097


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