Equality and Partiality / Edition 1

Equality and Partiality / Edition 1

by Thomas Nagel
     
 

Derived from Thomas Nagel's 1990 Locke Lectures, Equality and Partiality proposes that ethics, and the ethical basis of political theory, have to be understood as arising from the division between two standpoints, the personal and the impersonal. While the impersonal standpoint in each of us produces a powerful demand for universal impartiality and equality, the… See more details below

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Derived from Thomas Nagel's 1990 Locke Lectures, Equality and Partiality proposes that ethics, and the ethical basis of political theory, have to be understood as arising from the division between two standpoints, the personal and the impersonal. While the impersonal standpoint in each of us produces a powerful demand for universal impartiality and equality, the personal standpoint gives rise to individualistic motives and requirements which impede the pursuit and realization of such ideals. Nagel argues that any legitimate political system must achieve an integration of these two standpoints, and develops this idea in relation to specific problems of international justice, social and economic inequality, toleration, and the support of culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195098396
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/11/1995
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction3
2Two Standpoints10
3The Problem of Utopianism21
4Legitimacy and Unanimity33
5Kant's Test41
6The Moral Division of Labor53
7Egalitarianism63
8Problems of Convergence75
9Problems of Structure85
10Equality and Motivation96
11Options120
12Inequality130
13Rights139
14Toleration154
15Limits: The World169
Bibliography181
Index185

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