'Equality of What?' Revisited

18 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2010

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Richard J. Arneson

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Date Written: August 5, 2010


This essay assesses G. A. Cohen's contributions to the "Equality of What?" debate as an interpretation of the ethics of socialism that orients egalitarian political philosophy against the organization of the economy around market exchange and private ownership. Viewed in this light, Cohen's project is unsuccessful.

Keywords: equality, equality of opportunity, socialism, prioritarianism

JEL Classification: D63

Suggested Citation

Arneson, Richard J., 'Equality of What?' Revisited (August 5, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1653981 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1653981

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