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Distributive JusticeGetting What We Deserve From Our Country$
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Fred Feldman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198782988

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198782988.001.0001

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Locating the Target

Locating the Target

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(p.7) 1 Locating the Target
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Distributive Justice
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Fred Feldman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198782988.003.0002

The central aim of Chapter 1 is to give the reader a clear understanding of the common subject matter of theories of distributive justice. This is done in part by offering sketches of several of the most familiar theories of distributive justice including egalitarianism, sufficientism, the difference principle, and libertarianism. While these views aim at the same target, they give incompatible accounts of its nature. The main aim in discussing all this is to help the reader to gain a clearer conception of the kind of distributive justice about which philosophers and political theorists debate. It is the target at which all these theories are aiming—political economic distributive justice. The chapter concludes with a sketch of the theory of justice to be defended here—desertism.

Keywords:   justice, distributive justice, political economic distributive justice, egalitarianism, sufficientism, difference principle, libertarianism, desert, desertism

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