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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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Desertism and Some Competitors

Desertism and Some Competitors

(p.119) 5 Desertism and Some Competitors
Distributive Justice

Fred Feldman

Oxford University Press

Some of the main opposing theories of distributive justice are certain forms of egalitarianism, luck egalitarianism, sufficientism, the difference principle, and libertarianism. This chapter contains brief critical discussions of these theories of justice. In each case, a clear and carefully formulated version of the opposing theory is first presented. Then some objections are discussed. Then, in order to demonstrate the advantages of the form of desertism defended in this book, the implications of those other theories are compared with the implications of the desertist theory of political economic distributive justice that is defended here. In each case, the claim is that desertism handles the hard cases satisfactorily. It has no difficulty accounting for the cases that highlight difficulties for the other theories.

Keywords:   egalitarianism, luck egalitarianism, sufficientism, the difference principle, Rawls, libertarianism, Nozick, desertism, political economic desertism, distributive justice

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