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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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Recent Critics of the Liberty-to-Equality Argument

Recent Critics of the Liberty-to-Equality Argument

(p.162) 7 Recent Critics of the Liberty-to-Equality Argument
From Rationality to Equality

James P. Sterba

Oxford University Press

The argument from liberty to equality presented in the previous chapter has not been without its critics. Accordingly, the argument in its present form owes a great deal to past critiques of its earlier incarnations. This chapter considers and replies to would-be devastating critiques that have now been directed against the latest version of the argument by John Christman, Allan Gibbard. Gerald Gaus, Tibor Machan, and Jan Narveson. Like many past critics of the argument, these recent critics also look upon the argument for equality, for the most part, with deadly intent. This chapter purports to show how the argument can, in fact, be further strengthened and developed through responding to them.

Keywords:   liberty, equality, critics, Henry Sidgwick, basic needs

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