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On the Currency of Egalitarian Justice, and Other Essays in Political Philosophy$
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G. A. Cohen and Michael Otsuka

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691148700

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691148700.001.0001

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On the Currency of Egalitarian Justice

On the Currency of Egalitarian Justice

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On the Currency of Egalitarian Justice, and Other Essays in Political Philosophy
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G. A. Cohen

, Michael Otsuka
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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691148700.003.0001

This chapter examines answers to the question posed by Amartya Sen in his Tanner Lecture of 1979 called “Equality of What?” 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? The chapter also advances the Cohen's own answer to Sen's question. This answer is the product of an immanent critique of Ronald Dworkin, one that rejects Dworkin's declared position because it is not congruent with its own underlying motivation.

Keywords:   Amartya Sen, Ronald Dworkin, egalitarianism, egalitarian justice, political philosophy, G. A. Cohen

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