Making justice sensitive to responsibility
Stemplowska, Zofia. (2009) Making justice sensitive to responsibility. Political Studies, Vol.57 (No.2). pp. 237-259. ISSN 0032-3217Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9248.2008.00731.x
When, if at all, can the fact that a person is responsible for his or her disadvantage justify leaving him or her to bear that disadvantage? Possibly no other question has caused more controversy among political theorists of egalitarianism in the last two decades. This article aims to show that it is possible to move beyond the answer to this question that is usually (rightly or wrongly) attributed to luck egalitarians without accepting the conclusion that a concern with responsibility is only marginal to theories of egalitarian justice. I identify the conditions under which disadvantage brought about through the exercise of responsibility should be accepted as just and show why egalitarians concerned with fair shares must sometimes accept as just even grave disadvantages.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JC Political theory|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Political Studies|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Page Range:||pp. 237-259|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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