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Democratic Equality and Respect

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Abstract:

This essay explores two largely distinct discussions about equality: the 'luck egalitarian' debate concerning the appropriate metric of equality and the 'equality and difference' debate which has focused on the need for egalitarianism to consider the underlying norms in light of which the abstract principle to 'treat equals equally' operates. In the end, both of these discussions point to the importance of political equality for egalitarianism more generally and, in the concluding section, an attempt is made to show how the ideal of 'equal concern and respect' might best be pursued given the results of these important discussions.

Keywords: CHOICE; EGALITARIANISM; EQUALITY; LIBERTY; RAWLS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/th.2008.5511702

Publication date: December 1, 2008

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