Personal Responsibility in an Unjust World: A Reply to Eidelson

The American Journal of Law and Equality (Forthcoming)

Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2021-28

8 Pages Posted: 5 May 2021

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Deborah Hellman

University of Virginia School of Law

Date Written: May 5, 2021

Abstract

In this reply to Benjamin Eidelson’s Patterned Inequality, Compounding Injustice and Algorithmic Prediction, I argue that moral unease about algorithmic prediction is not fully explained by the importance of dismantling what Eidelson terms “patterned inequality.” Eidelson is surely correct that patterns of inequality that track socially salient traits like race are harmful and that this harm provides an important reason not to entrench these structures of disadvantage. We disagree, however, about whether this account fully explains the moral unease about algorithmic prediction. In his piece, Eidelson challenges my claim that individual actors also have reason to avoid compounding prior injustice. In this reply, I answer his challenges

Suggested Citation

Hellman, Deborah, Personal Responsibility in an Unjust World: A Reply to Eidelson (May 5, 2021). The American Journal of Law and Equality (Forthcoming), Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2021-28, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3840186

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