On the Currency of Egalitarian Justice

  title={On the Currency of Egalitarian Justice},
  author={Gerald Allan Cohen},
  pages={906 - 944}
  • G. Cohen
  • Published 1 July 1989
  • Economics
  • Ethics
In his Tanner Lecture of 1979 called "Equality of What?" Amartya Sen asked what metric egalitarians should use to establish the extent to which their ideal is realized in a given society. What aspect(s) of a person's condition should count in a fundamental way for egalitarians, and not merely as cause of or evidence of or proxy for what they regard as fundamental? In this study I examine answers to that question, and discussions bearing on that question, in recent philosophical literature. I… 

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  • P. Stone
  • Philosophy
    Ethical Theory and Moral Practice
  • 2022
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97. See, too, the passage from Rawls

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