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Egalitarianism and the Generation of Inequality$
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Henry Phelps Brown

Print publication date: 1988

Print ISBN-13: 9780198286486

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198286481.001.0001

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Early Principles of Equality and Inequality

Early Principles of Equality and Inequality

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(p.15) 1 Early Principles of Equality and Inequality
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Egalitarianism and the Generation of Inequality
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Henry Phelps Brown

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198286481.003.0002

This chapter on the early principles of equality and inequality starts by looking at the ancient Greek view of inequality––the Greeks having been very conscious of the differences between people's ways of life. It goes on in the next section to discuss progression to the idea of ‘equality before the law of nature’. This began with the view developed by the Greeks that all things behave according to the laws of their own beings, and continued on to the Roman view of equality according to the law of nature, in which the challenge to inequality was sustained. The last section of the chapter looks at the mediaeval view of inequality.

Keywords:   equality, Greeks, history, inequality, law of nature, Medieval Ages, Romans

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