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Fairness, Respect and the Egalitarian Ethos Revisited

Wolff, J; (2010) Fairness, Respect and the Egalitarian Ethos Revisited. Journal of Ethics , 14 (3) 335 - 350. 10.1007/s10892-010-9085-8. Green open access

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This paper reconsiders some themes and arguments from my earlier paper "Fairness, Respect and the Egalitarian Ethos." That work is often considered to be part of a cluster of papers attacking "luck egalitarianism" on the grounds that insisting on luck egalitarianism's standards of fairness undermines relations of mutual respect among citizens. While this is an accurate reading, the earlier paper did not make its motivations clear, and the current paper attempts to explain the reasons that led me to write the earlier paper, assesses the force of its arguments, and locates it in respect to work of Richard Arneson and Elizabeth Anderson. The paper concludes by bringing out what now appears to be the main message of the earlier paper: that the attempt to implement an "ideal" theory of equality can harm the very people that the theory is designed to help. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

Type: Article
Title: Fairness, Respect and the Egalitarian Ethos Revisited
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10892-010-9085-8
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10892-010-9085-8
Language: English
Additional information: This is the author's accepted manuscript of this published article. The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10892-010-9085-8
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1356649
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