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On the norm of equality

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Perceiving discrimination and unequal treatment as a problem implies an underlying value of human equality. Argues that such prescriptive equality is more powerful and more persuasive to the extent that it is built on a presumption of descriptive human equality. Explores the philosophical prerequisites for holding the presumption of actual equality. In the last part, surveys critically the general stance of economics regarding an affirmation of descriptive equality.
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Keywords: Economics; Equal opportunities; Philosophy

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2001

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