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Do All Persons Have Equal Moral Worth?: On 'Basic Equality' and Equal Respect and Concern

Uwe Steinhoff

Abstract

In present-day political and moral philosophy the idea that all persons are in some way moral equals has become dogma, with its defenders often claiming that philosophical positions that reject the principle of equal respect and concern do not deserve to be taken seriously since they allegedly amount to racism, sexism, or Nazism. This rather uncritical and overly confident attitude is responsible for the conspicuous lack of attempts to clarify, let alone to justify, “basic equality” and the principle of equal respect and concern. Such clarification and justification, however, is direly needed. ... More

Keywords: anti-egalitarianism, basic equality, dignity, egalitarianism, equal respect and concern, moral worth, political philosophy, rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198719502
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719502.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Uwe Steinhoff, editor
University of Hong Kong and University of Oxford