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Justice Between the Young and the Old$
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Dennis McKerlie

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199769131

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199769131.001.0001

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(p.88) Chapter 5 Priority
Justice Between the Young and the Old

Dennis McKerlie

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains egalitarian priority and how it can be applied to temporal parts of lives. It argues that a view based on priority escapes the objections against applying equality to temporal parts of lives. The priority view was developed by Temkin and Parfit. Unlike equality, egalitarian priority is not a relative or comparative value. It is concerned with improving lives of low quality, not with changing the relationship between these lives and other lives. Its basic claim is that the value of a benefit depends, in part, on the quality of the life of the person who receives it.

Keywords:   egalitarian priority, temporal parts of lives, quality of live, equality

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