Justice, Institutions, and Luck: The Site, Ground, and Scope of Equality

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Kok-Chor Tan addresses three key questions in egalitarian distributive justice: Where does distributive equality matter?; Why does it matter?; And among whom does it matter? He argues for an institutional site for egalitarian justice, and suggests that the mitigation of arbitrariness or luck is the basis for distributive commitments. He also argues that distributive obligations are global in scope, applying between individuals across borders. Tan's objectives are tripartite: to clarify the basis of an ...
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Overview


Kok-Chor Tan addresses three key questions in egalitarian distributive justice: Where does distributive equality matter?; Why does it matter?; And among whom does it matter? He argues for an institutional site for egalitarian justice, and suggests that the mitigation of arbitrariness or luck is the basis for distributive commitments. He also argues that distributive obligations are global in scope, applying between individuals across borders. Tan's objectives are tripartite: to clarify the basis of an institutional approach to justice; to establish luck egalitarianism as an account of the ground of equality; and to realize the global nature of egalitarian justice. The outcome is 'institutional luck egalitarianism'--a new cosmopolitan position on distributive justice.
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"Tan's writing is a model of both precision and accessibility. He is adept at showing what is at stake in major debates and at identifying and leading the reader through important positions in them. This book would make an excellent teaching tool."—Luis Cabrera, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199588855
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Kok-Chor Tan is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. His previous publications include Toleration, Diversity, and Global Justice (2000), and Justice Without Borders (2004). Previous appointments include a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Queen's University, Canada, and a Faculty Fellowship at The Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
1. Introduction
Part I. Institutions
2. Institutions and Justice
3. Evading the Demands of Justice
Part II. Luck
4. Luck Egalitarianism: A Modest Account
5. Defending Luck Egalitarianism
Part III. Global Justice
6. Global Institutions and Justice
7. The Arbitrariness of Nationality
8. Clarifications and Conclusions
Bibliography
Index

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