Age, Equality, and Vulnerability
21 Theoretical Inquiries in Law 161 (2020)
26 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2019 Last revised: 30 Jan 2020
Date Written: 2020
This Article uses age as an entry point for examining how temporal and methodological issues in egalitarianism make substantive equality an unattractive goal for vulnerability theory. Instead, vulnerability theory should adopt a continuous doctrine of sufficiency, which is a better fit with vulnerability theory’s underlying aims and rhetoric. Instead of evaluating what individuals have in relation to others, sufficiency refocuses the inquiry on whether we have enough throughout the lifecourse. In the context of vulnerability theory, enough should be defined as the capability to be resilient as guaranteed by the responsive state.
Keywords: age, capability, discrimination, equality, resilience, sufficiency, time, vulnerability
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