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The Legacy of H.L.A. HartLegal, Political, and Moral Philosophy$
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Matthew H. Kramer, Claire Grant, Ben Colburn, and Antony Hatzistavrou

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199542895

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542895.001.0001

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Fairness, Needs, and Desert 1

Fairness, Needs, and Desert 1

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(p.181) 10 Fairness, Needs, and Desert1
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Brad Hooker (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542895.003.0010

This chapter explores two major distinctions that are often deemed relevant to fairness: benefits that satisfy some need(s) versus benefits that do not satisfy any need(s), and deserved benefits versus undeserved benefits. In the course of investigating these distinctions, it argues in favour of weighted prioritarianism as one key principle in an overall account of justice.

Keywords:   justice, fairness, prioritarianism, desert, needs

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