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The Egalitarian ConscienceEssays in Honour of G. A. Cohen$
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Christine Sypnowich

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199281688

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199281688.001.0001

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Throwing a Veil Over Equality: Equality and Hypocrisy in the Revolutionary Era

Throwing a Veil Over Equality: Equality and Hypocrisy in the Revolutionary Era

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(p.36) 2 Throwing a Veil Over Equality: Equality and Hypocrisy in the Revolutionary Era
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The Egalitarian Conscience
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Jon Elster

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199281688.003.0003

This essay considers how the American and French revolutionaries, famous defenders of the ideal of equality, contrived to evade the implications of that ideal when it came to slaves or workers. It contends that the hypocrisy of the revolutionaries is particularly egregious given that they stood to profit personally from the reduced scope of their egalitarianism.

Keywords:   revolution, rights, equality, hypocrisy, constitutionalism, American revolution, French revolution, slavery, citizenship, suffrage

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