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From Rationality to Equality$
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James P. Sterba

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199580767

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580767.001.0001

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From Liberty to Equality

From Liberty to Equality

(p.101) 6 From Liberty to Equality
From Rationality to Equality

James P. Sterba

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, Morality as Compromise is completed by showing when the its requirements are enforceable. This is done by starting with the assumptions that are acceptable from a libertarian perspective, the view that appears to endorse the least enforcement of morality, and then showing that this view requires a right to welfare, and that further, this right to welfare, which is also endorsed by a welfare liberal perspective, leads to the substantial equality of a socialist perspective. In effect, recognizing a right to welfare, applicable to all existing and future people, leads to an equal utilization of resources over place and time. It is further argued that this same conclusion can be derived in yet another way — by taking into account the moral status of all living beings.

Keywords:   libertarian, welfare, liberty, equality, welfare liberal, socialist, basic needs, nonhuman living beings, ought implies can non-question-begging

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