Second-Order Equality and Levelling Down

Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 87, No. 3, pp. 425-443, 2009

20 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2012

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Re'em Segev

Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Many think that equality is an intrinsic value. However, this view, especially when based on a consequential foundation, faces familiar objections related to the claim that equality is sometimes good for none and bad for some: most notably the levelling down objection. This article explores a unique (consequential) conception of equality, as part of a more general conception of fairness concerning the resolution of interpersonal conflicts, which is not exposed to these objections.

Keywords: Equality, Priority, Intrinsic, Instrumental, Leveling Down, Conflicts

Suggested Citation

Segev, Re'em, Second-Order Equality and Levelling Down (2009). Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 87, No. 3, pp. 425-443, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2026378

Re'em Segev (Contact Author)

Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Faculty of Law ( email )

Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, 91905
Israel

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