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The Basic Minimum
A Welfarist Approach

  • Date Published: March 2012
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  • isbn: 9781139227896

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  • A common presupposition in contemporary moral and political philosophy is that individuals should be provided with some basic threshold of goods, capabilities, or well-being. But if there is such a basic minimum, how should this be understood? Dale Dorsey offers an underexplored answer: that the basic minimum should be characterized not as the achievement of a set of capabilities, or as access to some specified bundle of resources, but as the maintenance of a minimal threshold of human welfare. In addition, Dorsey argues that though political institutions should be committed to the promotion of this minimal threshold, we should reject approaches that seek to cast the basic minimum as a human right. His book will be important for all who are interested in theories of political morality.

    • Considers in detail the moral fundamentals of a basic minimum
    • Proposes an alternative welfarist approach
    • Of interest to those attracted to consequentialist and non-consequentialist theories of political morality
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    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139227896
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction and limits
    1. On the concept (and some conceptions) of the basic minimum
    2. A welfarist basic minimum
    3. Adaptive preferences
    4. The intrinsic value of the basic minimum
    5. Against rights
    6. On objections to welfarism
    Bibliography.

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    Dale Dorsey, University of Kansas
    Dale Dorsey is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kansas.

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