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Responsibility, Luck, and the 'Equality of What?' Debate

Matravers, M. (2002) Responsibility, Luck, and the 'Equality of What?' Debate. Political Studies, 50 (3). pp. 558-572. ISSN 0032 3217

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Ronald Dworkin's recently published book, Sovereign Virtue (hereafter SV), appeals to arguments that are popular within, and ideas that are fundamental to, liberal egalitarianism. These arguments and ideas need to be distinguished and unpacked. The purpose of this paper is partly to do this and to cast doubt on the adequacy of various moves made by Dworkin. In addition, and more importantly I argue that the analysis of the 'equality of what?' debate reveals a tension at the heart of contemporary liberal egalitarianism between the Kantian aspiration to eliminate luck and the contemporary aspiration to do political philosophy without metaphysics.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Politics (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2009 11:25
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2009 11:25
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9248.00385
Status: Published
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Identification Number: 10.1111/1467-9248.00385
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7338

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