Addressing Disadvantage and the Human Good
Author: Wolff, Jonathan
Source: Journal of Applied Philosophy, Volume 19, Number 3, December 2002 , pp. 207-218(12)
Abstract:This paper sets out a framework in which we can distinguish between four types of redistributive attention to the disadvantaged: compensation; personal enhancement; targeted resource enhancement; and status enhancement. It is argued that in certain cases many of us will have strong intuitions in favour or against one or more strategies for addressing disadvantage, and it is further argued that in such cases it is likely that our reactions are based on assumptions about the human good. Hence the two issues — addressing disadvantage and the human good — shed light on one another .
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University College London, UK
Publication date: December 1, 2002