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Equality and Value-holism

Bou-Habib, P (2007) 'Equality and Value-holism.' Ethics and Economics, 5 (1). pp. 1-9. ISSN 1639-1306


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In this paper, I consider a recent challenge to egalitarianism raised by Michael Huemer. Huemer?s challenge takes the form of a dilemma: egalitarians can either be atomists or holists about equality?s value. If they are atomists, then they must accept that equality in fact does not have intrinsic value; if they are holists, then their view will be inconsistent with an intuitively very plausible form of consequentialism. I show that this dilemma should not trouble egalitarians. Egalitarians can be holists about value and still embrace consequentialism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Equality; Value; Holism; Atomism; Consequentialism
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2014 15:16
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:37

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