Equality and Comparative Justice

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In this paper I criticize the standard argument for deontological egalitarianism, understood as the thesis that there is a moral claim to have an equal share of well-being or whatever other good counts. That argument is based on the idea that equals should be treated equally. I connect the debate over egalitarianism with that over comparative justice. A common theme is a general skepticism against comparative claims. I argue (i) that there can be no claim to equality based simply on the fact of equal worth as that fact itself does not have any value for the supposed claim holder; and (ii) intuitions that suggest otherwise can be explained away without appealing to comparative claims.

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  • Philosophy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-325
Journal Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy
Volume53
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes