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Relational Egalitarianism
Living as Equals


  • Date Published: September 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107158900

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  • Over the last twenty years, many political philosophers have rejected the idea that justice is fundamentally about distribution. Rather, justice is about social relations, and the so-called distributive paradigm should be replaced by a new relational paradigm. Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen seeks to describe, refine, and assess these thoughts and to propose a comprehensive form of egalitarianism which includes central elements from both relational and distributive paradigms. He shows why many of the challenges that luck egalitarianism faces reappear, once we try to specify relational egalitarianism more fully. His discussion advances understanding of the nature of the relational ideal, and introduces new conceptual tools for understanding it and for exploring the important question of why it is desirable in the first place to relate as equals. Even severe critics of the distributive understanding of justice will find that this book casts important new light on the ideal to which they subscribe.

    • Provides a deeper understanding of the ideal of relating as equals than is currently available in the literature
    • Argues that the relational ideal and ideals of distributive justice are compatible and might even both be rooted in a deeper notion of fairness
    • Shows that relational equality can valuable for quite different reasons and offers a defense of a particular view on this matter
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107158900
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Nature:
    2. Relational egalitarianism
    3. Relating to one another as equals
    4. Equality and being in a position to hold others accountable: a case study
    Part II. Site, Scope, and Justification:
    5. Egalitarian relations: time, site, and scope
    6. Justification of and by the ideal
    Part III. Relational and Distributive Equality
    7. Pluralist egalitarianism
    8. Often the twain meet

  • Author

    Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
    Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen is Professor of Political Theory at Aarhus Universitet, Denmark, and Professor II in Philosophy at the University of Tromsø. His books include Born Free and Equal? (2013) and Luck Egalitarianism (2015).

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