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Justice is not merely abstract principles, it must be 'lived'. In Rawls' case, if you take the difference principle seriously, how is it an added incentive to work more for more money if it results in a less equal society? And furthermore, why is the resulting inequality anyway 'just' rather than, say, sensible? Cohen deals with these questions in his usual lucid, penetrating and often funny style. R.I.P.
Review: Rescuing Justice and EqualityUser Review - May - Goodreads
It's an interesting enough book and what Cohen is saying is really nuanced and a huge improvement on a Pareto or maximum utility sort of justice. However, if you have not read Rawls thoroughly, I ... Read full review
Review: Rescuing Justice and EqualityUser Review - Ft. Sheridan - Goodreads
For sure incentives aren't part of justice, but I'm not hearing that intuitionist strict equality talk. Read full review