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Publications [#244718] of Alexander Rosenberg

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  1. Rosenberg, A, Equality, Sufficiency, and Opportunity in the Just Society, Social Philosophy and Policy, vol. 12 no. 2 (January, 1995), pp. 54-71, Cambridge University Press (CUP) [doi].
    (last updated on 2019/06/24)

    It seems to be almost a given of contemporary Anglo-American political philosophy that the just society is obligated to establish and ensure the equality of its members. Debate begins when we come to delineate the forms and limits of the equality society is obligated to underwrite. In this essay I offer the subversive suggestion that equality is not something the just society should aim for. Instead I offer another objective, one which is to be preferred both because it is more attainable and because it is morally more defensible than equality, either as an ideal or as an operative principle. The demand for equality of treatment, of opportunity, or of outcome, is a distraction from morally more significant aims.

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