If You're an Egalitarian, How Come You're so Rich

  title={If You're an Egalitarian, How Come You're so Rich},
  author={Gerald Allan Cohen},
  journal={The Journal of Ethics},
  • G. Cohen
  • Published 2000
  • Economics
  • The Journal of Ethics
Many people, including many egalitarian political philosophers, professa belief in equality while enjoying high incomes of which they devotevery little to egalitarian purposes. The article critically examinesways of resolving the putative inconsistency in the stance of thesepeople, in particular, that favouring an egalitarian society has noimplications for behaviour in an unequal one; that what's bad aboutinequality is a social division that philanthropy cannot reduce; thatprivate action cannot… 

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