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Equality : Selected Readings

Equality : Selected Readings - 97 edition

Equality : Selected Readings - 97 edition

ISBN13: 9780195102505

ISBN10: 0195102509

Equality : Selected Readings by Louis P. Pojman - ISBN 9780195102505
Edition: 97
Copyright: 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
International: No
Equality : Selected Readings by Louis P. Pojman - ISBN 9780195102505

ISBN13: 9780195102505

ISBN10: 0195102509

Edition: 97

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Louis Pojman and Robert Westmoreland have compiled the most representative material on the subject of equality in order to provide a philosophical background to the egalitarian principles which underlie contemporary political debate on issues like welfare, civil and human rights, affirmative action, and immigration. The selections range from classical works by Aristotle, Hobbes and Rousseau to contemporary works by John Rawls, Thomas Nagel, Michael Walzer, Harry Frankfurt, Bernard Williams and Robert Nozick. A number of important topics, such as the concept of equality, equal opportunity, welfare egalitarianism, resources, equal human rights and complex equality, are explored in depth. The anthology includes a comprehensive introduction and bibliography.

  • The most comprehensive anthology to date on the subject of equality
  • Covers both classical and contemporary works, offering a broad range of perspectives
  • Enlarges readers' understanding of equality, enabling them to arrive at informed judgements on such issues as welfare, human rights, affirmative action, and immigration

Author Bio

Pojman, Louis P. : United States Military Academy

Westmoreland, Robert : University of Mississippi

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Nature and Value of Equality

I. Classical Readings

1. Justice and Equality, Aristotle
2. Equality in the State of Nature, Thomas Hobbes
3. On the Origins of Inequality, Jean-Jacques Rousseau
4. On Justice and Equality, David Hume
5. The Manifesto of Equality, Francis-Noel Babeuf and Sylvain Marechal

II. On the Concept of Equality Itself

6. Egalitarianism as a Descriptive Concept, Felix E. Oppenheim
7. Equality and Time, Dennis McKerlie
8. Inequality, Larry Temkin

III. General Considerations

9. Groundwork for a Metaphysic of Morals (second formula of the categorical Imperative and other selections), Kant
10. Justice Does Not Imply Equality, Robert Nozick
11. Against Equality, J.R. Lucas
12. Egalitarianism and the Equal Consideration of Interests, Stanley I. Benn
13. Justice and Equality, Gregory Vlastos

IV. Equal Opportunity

14. Equality of Opportunity and Beyond, John Schaar
15. Liberty versus Equal Opportunity, James Fishkin
16. The Concept of Equal Opportunity, Peter Westen
17. Life is Not a Race, Robert Nozick
18. A Liberal Defense of Equal Opportunity, William Galston

V. The Contemporary Debate on the Nature and Value of Equality

19. Equality and Desert, John Rawls
20. Justice: A Funeral Oration, Wallace Matson
21. Radical Welfare Egalitarianism, Kai Nielson
22. A Utilitarian Defense of Equality, R.M. Hare
23. Equality and Equal Opportunity for Welfare, Richard Arneson
24. A Critique of Welfare Egalitarianism, Eric Rakowski
25. Equality and Partiality, Thomas Nagel
26. Equality as a Moral Ideal, Harry Frankfurt
27. A Defense of Resource Equality, Eric Rakowski
28. On Equal Human Worth: A Critique of Contemporary Egalitarianism, Louis Pojman
29. Complex Equality, Michael Walzer


30. Harrison Bergeron, Kurt Vonnegut