Why inequality matters: Luck egalitarianism, its meaning and value

Shlomi Segall*

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Equality is a key concept in our moral and political vocabulary. There is wide agreement on its instrumental value and its favourable impact on many aspects of society, but less certainty over whether it has a non-instrumental or intrinsic value that can be demonstrated. In this project, Shlomi Segall explores and defends the view that it does. He argues that the value of equality is not reducible to a concern we might have for the worse off, or to ensuring that individuals do not fall into poverty and destitution; instead he claims that undeserved inequalities, wherever and whenever we might find them, are bad in themselves. Assessing the strength of competing accounts, such as sufficientarianism and prioritarianism, he brings together for the first time discussions of the moral value of equality with luck- or responsibility-sensitive accounts of distributive justice. His book will interest readers in political and moral philosophy. Explores the value of equality. Offers a luck egalitarian account of telic egalitarianism. Offers a comprehensive account of egalitarianism and its rivals.

Original languageAmerican English
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages256
ISBN (Electronic)9781316416969
ISBN (Print)9781107129818
StatePublished - 21 Jul 2016

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