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Levelling the Playing FieldThe Idea of Equal Opportunity and its Place in Egalitarian Thought$
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Andrew Mason

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199264414

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264414.001.0001

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Equality, Priority, and Sufficiency

Equality, Priority, and Sufficiency

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(p.112) CHAPTER 5 Equality, Priority, and Sufficiency
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Levelling the Playing Field
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264414.003.0006

This chapter argues that particular versions of the mitigation approach may also incorporate ‘quasi-egalitarian principles’ — principles which hold that certain kinds or degrees of inequality are objectionable. It is also maintained here that a defensible version of the mitigation approach might incorporate more than one kind of principle — it need not consist entirely of quasi-egalitarian principles, nor need it be exhausted by a prioritarian or sufficiency principle — and, furthermore, that different kinds of principles might be appropriate for different goods or different aspects of people's circumstances.

Keywords:   mitigation approach, quasi-egalitarian principles, inequality, egalitarianism, prioritarianism, sufficiency view

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