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Justice, Institutions, and LuckThe Site, Ground, and Scope of Equality$
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Kok-Chor Tan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199588855

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588855.001.0001

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Defending Luck Egalitarianism

Defending Luck Egalitarianism

(p.116) 5 Defending Luck Egalitarianism
Justice, Institutions, and Luck

Kok-Chor Tan

Oxford University Press

This chapter responds to some influential objections raised by proponents of democratic equality (e.g. Anderson, Scheffler, Freeman) against luck egalitarianism. I argue that these objections are deflected when the domain, site, and purpose of luck egalitarianism are understood in the way I have proposed. While various aspects of luck egalitarianism are no doubt in need of further refinement and development (as is the case with other competing conceptions of equality), the main conclusion of this chapter is that the standard worries that luck egalitarianism is so implausible as not even to get off the ground as a justification of equality are unfounded. Luck egalitarianism as an account of the grounds of equality is both attractive and plausible, and therefore deserving of continuing philosophical attention and defense.

Keywords:   equality, distributive justice, luck egalitarianism, democratic equality, moral luck, humanitarian assistance, equality as a social ideal, social cooperation, Elizabeth Anderson, Samuel Scheffler, Samuel Freeman

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