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Luck Egalitarianism

Equality, Responsibility, and Justice

Carl Knight

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How should we decide which inequalities between people are justified, and which are unjustified?

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Introduction: Equality, Responsibility and Justice
Part 1: Luck Egalitarianisms
1. Equality of Resources
2. Equality of Opportunity for Welfare
Part 2: Luck Egalitarianism as an Account of Equality
3. Substantive Equality
4. Insult and Injury
Part 3: Luck Egalitarianism as an Account of Justice
5. Responsibilitarianism
6. The Components of Justice
Conclusion: A More Efficient Luck Egalitarianism

About the Author

Carl Knight is a Research Fellow at the Adam Smith Research Foundation and the Department of Politics, University of Glasgow. He is co-editor, with Zofia Stemplowska, of Distributive Justice and Responsibility (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).


This book offers a very good discussion of some central issues in relation to luck egalitarianism and takes the discussion forward.
- Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Analysis Reviews
How far does our responsibility for one another's well-being extend? At what point, if ever, is each person responsible for success or failure in running her own life? Carl Knight develops promising answers to these vexed questions and brings a judicious philosophical intelligence, strong common sense, and a knack for conceptual clarity to what is an unruly terrain. He surveys alternatives, takes the measure of the critics, and points the way forward with an original synthesis.
- Professor Richard J. Arneson, University of California, San Diego
An interesting and penetrating book... This is a book well worth reading for all those interested in contemporary distributive justice. The exposition and assessment of luck egalitarianism is enlightening, thought-provoking and useful.
- Robert Huseby, Economics and Philosophy
A welcome addition to the literature ... suitable both as an introduction to the literature on luck egalitarianism as well as an interesting addition to a course on equality or distributive justice.
- Robert C. Robinson, University of Georgia, Political Studies Review