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Liberal Equality

  • Date Published: December 1980
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521296656


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  • This book makes a significant contribution to the tradition of liberal political theory: it explores the foundations and limits of the idea of equality within that theory and offers a sustained argument for a persuasive new view of liberalism. Liberal thinking has always displayed a tension between the claims of liberty and those of equality. Professor Gutmann examines the contributions of liberal theorists from Locke to Rawls on the subject of two kinds of equality - equality of opportunity to participate and the equal distribution of economic goods. Valuing both, she shows that, far from being alternatives, the two ideals are compatible to a much greater degree than has previously been thought. Liberal Equality restores egalitarianism to political theory in a way that will forcefully challenge its critics to deeper reflection.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 1980
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521296656
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: equality, liberty and liberal theory
    1. The classical liberal foundations
    2. J. S. Mill and participatory opportunity
    3. The Fabians and their allies: the minimal welfare state and beyond
    4. The relevant reasons for liberal egalitarianism
    5. John Rawls and distributive equality
    6. Contemporary critics of liberal egalitarianism: left and right
    7. Participatory and distributive equality reintegrated
    Conclusion: the limits of liberal egalitarian politics

  • Author

    Amy Gutmann, Princeton University, New Jersey

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