Rescuing justice and equality
In this stimulating work of political philosophy, acclaimed philosopher G. A. Cohen sets out to rescue the egalitarian thesis that in a society in which distributive justice prevails, people’s material prospects are roughly equal. Arguing against the Rawlsian version of a just society, Cohen demonstrates that distributive justice does not tolerate deep inequality.
In the course of providing a deep and sophisticated critique of Rawls’s theory of justice, Cohen demonstrates that questions of distributive justice arise not only for the state but also for people in their daily lives. The right rules for the macro scale of public institutions and policies also apply, with suitable adjustments, to the micro level of individual decision-making.
Cohen also charges Rawls’s constructivism with systematically conflating the concept of justice with other concepts. Within the Rawlsian architectonic, justice is not distinguished either from other values or from optimal rules of social regulation. The elimination of those conflations brings justice closer to equality.
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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
The Incentives Argument
Testing the Incentives Argument
Why the Incentives Argument Fails the Interpersonal Test
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