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Responsibility and Distributive Justice$
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Carl Knight and Zofia Stemplowska

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199565801

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565801.001.0001

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The Apparent Asymmetry of Responsibility 1

The Apparent Asymmetry of Responsibility 1

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(p.216) 10 The Apparent Asymmetry of Responsibility1
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Responsibility and Distributive Justice
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Avner de‐Shalit

Jonathan Wolff (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565801.003.0011

Should political institutions be designed so that individuals reap the benefits of their good choices and suffer the costs of their poor choices? This chapter argues for the ‘weak asymmetry thesis’: that people should be allowed to benefit from their choices that turn out well to a greater extent than they should have to bear the costs of those that turn out badly. The thesis is defended against the practical challenge that it would be impossible to implement and ethical challenges that argue in favour of symmetry.

Keywords:   responsibility, choice, asymmetry, benefits, burdens

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