In Solidarity with the Imprudent: A Defense of Luck Egalitarianism

Segall, Shlomi
April 2007
Social Theory & Practice;Apr2007, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p177
Academic Journal
The article demonstrates that the luck-egalitarian account of distributive justice does not forbid helping those who lack discretion. The author examined 6 luck-egalitarian responses to the abandonment objection. He has justified the use of treating the imprudent in defense of a theory that is essentially a theory of egalitarian distributive justice. He suggests that the principle of solidarity is one such consideration that could complement luck egalitarianism, and as such, can potentially lay to rest the abandonment objection.


Related Articles

  • Political Egalitarianism. Heath, Joseph // Social Theory & Practice;Oct2008, Vol. 34 Issue 4, p485 

    The article focuses on the concept of political egalitarianism. The phrase is used here to refer to a conception of egalitarian distributive justice that is capable of serving as the object of an overlapping consensus in a pluralistic society. It is argued that political egalitarianism must be...

  • Just Savings and the Difference Principle. Wall, Steven // Philosophical Studies;Oct2003, Vol. 116 Issue 1, p79 

    The issue of just savings between generations presents an important, and for the most part unappreciated, problem for Rawls's theory of distributive justice. This paper argues that the just savings principle, as Rawls formulates it in his recent work, stands in tension with the difference...

  • Reassessing Luck Egalitarianism. Barry, Nicholas // Journal of Politics;Jan2008, Vol. 70 Issue 1, p136 

    In this paper, I analyze two major problems with brute luck egalitarianism. The first problem is that some instances of option luck inequality are inconsistent with the underlying motivation of the luck egalitarian project, and the second problem is that brute luck egalitarianism, at least on...

  • Are Women Degenerating?  // America;1/8/1927, Vol. 36 Issue 13, p299 

    The article discusses about women and their demand for equality. The author agrees with Charles A. Richmond when he said that by attaching highly unconventional meanings to their efforts for equality with men, some women are degrading their womanhood instead of elevating it. The author also says...

  • Social Equality and Justice. Amlani, Alzak // India Currents;Apr2011, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p63 

    The article provides an answer to a question of the significance of social equality and justice and its relation to the ability of individuals to create opportunities through hard work.

  • Make Justice the Organizing Principle of the Rule of Law Field. Golub, Stephen // Hague Journal on the Rule of Law;Mar2009, Vol. 1 Issue 1, p61 

    This paper argues that the concept of justice represents a broader and more effective organizing principle than the rule of law for international efforts to alleviate poverty. The current focus on the rule of law by international development agencies features a concentration on courts, other...

  • The (Stabilized) Nash Bargaining Solution as a Principle of Distributive Justice. Moehler, Michael // Utilitas;Dec2010, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p447 

    It is argued that the Nash bargaining solution cannot serve as a principle of distributive justice because (i) it cannot secure stable cooperation in repeated interactions and (ii) it cannot capture our moral intuitions concerning distributive questions. In this article, I propose a solution to...

  • SOCIAL JUSTICE AND LEGAL JUSTICE. SADURSKI, WOJCIECH // Law & Philosophy;Dec1984, Vol. 3 Issue 3, p329 

    The main aim of this paper is to challenge the validity of the distinction between legal justice and social justice. It is argued that what we usually call "legal justice" is either an application of the more fundamental notion of "social justice" to legal rules and decisions or is not a matter...

  • The Role of a Merit Principle in Distributive Justice. Wilson, Catherine // Journal of Ethics;2003, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p277 

    The claim that the level of well-being each enjoys ought to be to some extent a function of individuals' talents, efforts, accomplishments, and other meritorious attributes faces serious challenge from both egalitarians and libertarians, but also from skeptics, who point to the poor historical...


Read the Article

Other Topics