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Distributive Justice

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Edited by: Julian Lamont

ISBN13: 9780754629740
Published: May 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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A central component of justice is how the economic goods are distributed in a society. Philosophers contribute to distributive justice debates by providing arguments for principles to guide and evaluate the allocation of economic goods and to guide the design of institutions to achieve more just distributions. This volume includes both seminal and recent work by philosophers, covering a range of representative positions, including libertarian, egalitarian, desert, and welfare theorists.

The introduction to the volume and the selections themselves are designed to allow students and professionals to see some of the most influential pieces that have shaped the field, as well as some key critics of these positions. The articles intersect in such a way as to develop an appreciation of both the types of theories and the central issues addressed by theories of distributive justice. Furthermore, the choice of authors in this collection reflects an appreciation of the influence of institutions in general, markets in particular, and even luck on the distribution of economic goods.

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Part I Right Libertarianism and Its Critics: Distributive justice: section I, Robert Nozick
Robert Nozick and Wilt Chamberlain: how patterns preserve liberty, G.A. Cohen
Self-ownership, world-ownership, and equality, G.A. Cohen
Taking responsibility, David Schmidtz.
Part II Distributive Justice, Fairness and Equality: Distributive justice: what the people think, David Miller
A critical introduction to Rawls' theory of justice, Allen Buchanan
Equal opportunity and moral arbitrariness, Brian Barry
Egalitarian opportunities, Marc Fleurbaey
Complex equality, Michael Walzer.
Part III Desert, Distributive Justice and the Market: Market, state and community, David Miller
Justice under capitalism, Jonathan Riley
Incentive income, deserved income, and economic rents, Julian Lamont.
Part IV Welfarism and Needs: A skeletal theory of institutions, James Wood Bailey
Basic distributive institutions, James Wood Bailey
Why all welfare states (including laissez-faire ones) are unreasonable, Gerald F. Gaus
Why surfers should be fed: the liberal case for an unconditional basic income, Philippe Van Parijs
The right to an adequate standard of living: justice, autonomy, and the basic needs, David Copp
Name index.