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Harsh and Disrespectful: Rescuing Moral Agency from Luck and Choice

Axelsen, David and Nielsen, Lasse (2020) 'Harsh and Disrespectful: Rescuing Moral Agency from Luck and Choice.' Social Theory and Practice, 46 (4). pp. 657-679. ISSN 0037-802X (In Press)

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Abstract

Many policies hinge on determining whether someone's situation is due to luck or choice. In political philosophy, this prevalence is mirrored by luck egalitarian theories. But overemphasizing the distinction between luck and choice will lead to tensions with the value of moral agency, on which the distinction is grounded. Here, we argue that the two most common contemporary critiques of luck egalitarianism, holding it to be harsh and disrespectful are best understood as illustrating this tension. Elaborating on this conflict, we argue that it should lead us to modify how luck and choice are used in theories of justice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: distributive justice; luck egalitarianism; moral agency; individual responsibility; harshness; disrespect
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2020 11:49
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:13
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/27354

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