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Eric Rakowski

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198240792

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240792.001.0001

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Ineluctable Risks: Illness and Injury

Ineluctable Risks: Illness and Injury

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(p.88) 4 Ineluctable Risks: Illness and Injury
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Equal Justice
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Eric Rakowski

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240792.003.0004

Although option luck affects the size of people's holdings and their ability to cope with calamity, brute luck is often the more important arbiter of people's material and psychological well-being. However, it gives rise to inequities. This chapter takes up the problems posed by bad brute luck in two of its most conspicuous forms — illness and injury. The situation to which normal adults fall when they are afflicted with diseases or injured in accidents for no fault of their own are a case in point. To the extent that they have not increased the probability of their falling prey to a particular disease or being injured, they have unquestionably suffered bad brute luck.

Keywords:   brute luck, illness, injury, inequity, disease, risk, fortune, actual choice

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