Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New book on Responsibility and Distributive Justice

Responsibility and Distributive Justice

Ed. by Carl Knight and Zofia Stemplowska

(Oxford University Press, 2011)

320 pages


Under what conditions are people responsible for their choices and the outcomes of those choices? How could such conditions be fostered by liberal societies? Should what people are due as a matter of justice depend on what they are responsible for? For example, how far should healthcare provision depend on patients' past choices? What values would be realized and which hampered by making justice sensitive to responsibility? Would it give people what they deserve? Would it advance or hinder equality?

The explosion of philosophical interest in such questions has been fuelled by increased focus on individual responsibility in political debates. Political philosophers, especially egalitarians, have responded to such developments by attempting to map out the proper place for responsibility in theories of justice. Responsibility and Distributive Justice both reflects on these recent developments in normative political theory and moves the debate forwards. Written by established experts in the field and emerging scholars, it contains essays previously unpublished in academic books or journals.

Contents [preview]

Introduction, Carl Knight & Zofia Stemplowska

1. Luck Egalitarianism - A Primer, Richard J. Arneson
2. Justice, Equality, Fairness, Desert, Rights, Free Will, Responsibility, and Luck, Larry Temkin
3. Four Approaches to Equal Opportunity, Marc Fleurbaey
4. Luck Egalitarianism and Group Responsibility, Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen
5. Responsibility and Respect, Zofia Stemplowska
6. Mad, Bad, or Faulty? Matt Matravers
7. Responsibility, Desert, and Justice, Carl Knight
8. Responsibility and False Beliefs, Peter Vallentyne
9. The Public Ecology of Responsibility, Susan Hurley
10. The Apparent Asymmetry of Responsibility, Avner de-Shalit & Jonathan Wolff
11. Taking Up the Slack? David Miller
12. Luck Prioritarian Justice in Health, Shlomi Segall
13. Individual and Social Responsibility for Health, Norman Daniels

Carl Knight is Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow.

Zofia Stemplowska is Lecturer at the University of Warwick.

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