The prospects for sufficientarianism
Shields, Liam (2011) The prospects for sufficientarianism. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.Full text not available from this repository.
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The thesis argues that we should be optimistic about the prospects for
sufficientarianism, the view that securing enough is an important part of
I begin by noting the different kinds of sufficientarianism that have
been advocated and the objections that they are vulnerable to. I then ask
whether these objections apply to all, or only some, versions of
sufficientarianism. To answer this question I characterize sufficientarianism
generally, highlighting its main claims, and I argue that sufficientarianism can
avoid these objections.
I then argue that we can and should re-examine the prospects for
sufficientarianism, so understood, by exploring two lines of argument. The
first line of argument claims that sufficiency principles will be indispensable
where we have certain reasons which can support a shift, I call these
sufficientarian reasons. The second line of argument claims that sufficiency
principles will be indispensable where there are clashes between values and
where once one value is realized to a certain extent the importance of
promoting that value further shifts relative to the other value.
In Chapter Two I argue that a sufficientarian reason to live under the
conditions of freedom supports the principle of sufficient autonomy, and in
Chapter Three I argue that this principle should have an extensive role in our
thought. In Chapter Four I argue that the principle of the good enough
upbringing provides us with the most plausible resolution to the conflict we
encounter between children and parent’s interests when we consider the
distribution of the right to rear children. I also show that this principle should
have an extensive role in our thought.
I conclude that we should be optimistic about the prospects for
sufficientarianism because there are at least two indispensable sufficiency
principles and they should have an extensive role in our thought about
important practical debates.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Justice -- Philosophy|
|Official Date:||September 2011|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of Philosophy|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Williams, Andrew, 1963- ; Peter, Fabienne|
|Extent:||254 leaves : charts|
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