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Desert and Justice

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ISBN13: 9780199259762
ISBN: 0199259763
Published: December 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £92.00



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Serena Olsaretti brings together new essays by leading moral and political philosophers on the nature of desert and justice, their relations with each other and with other values. Does justice require that individuals get what they deserve? What exactly is involved in giving people what they deserve? Does treating people as responsible agents require that we make room for desert in the economic sphere, as well as in the attribution of moral praise and blame and in the dispensing of punishment? How does respecting desert square with considerations of equality? Does desert, like justice, have a comparative aspect? These are questions of great practical as well as theoretical importance: this book is unique in offering a sustained examination of them from various perspectives.

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Subjects:
Jurisprudence
Contents:
Introduction: debating desert and justice; 1. Comparative and non-comparative desert; 2. Desert: individualistic and holistic; 3. Distributive justice and economic desert; 4. Comparative desert; 5. On the comparative element of justice; 6. Return to Twin Peaks: on the intrinsic moral significance of equality; 7. Brute luck equality and desert; 8. Distributive justice and compensatory desert; 9. Effort and imagination; 10. The dilemma of desert; 11. The Smart theory of moral responsibility and desert; Bibliography; Index