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The Moral and Political Status of Children$
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David Archard and Colin M. Macleod

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242689

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199242682.001.0001

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Family, Choice, and Distributive Justice

Family, Choice, and Distributive Justice

(p.253) 14 Family, Choice, and Distributive Justice
The Moral and Political Status of Children

Véronique Munoz‐Dardé

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One perspective on justice asks individuals directly to bear the costs of their own choices, whilst the other asks them to do so only after background conditions of justice have been established by fair institutions. The latter is preferable, but the existence of the family seriously limits the realization of a principle of equality of opportunity. The family in some form must exist if any society is to be just, and thus this principle of equal opportunity cannot have lexical priority in a theory of justice.

Keywords:   choice, costs, equal opportunity, fair institutions, family, justice, lexical priority

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