A Dilemma for Luck Egalitarians

The Journal of Value Inquiry, Forthcoming

29 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2023

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Ofer Malcai

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law

Re'em Segev

Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Faculty of Law

Date Written: October 27, 2023

Abstract

Luck Egalitarianism is an influential view, or, more accurately, a broad family of views. What these views have in common is the idea that distributive justice is sensitive to responsibility in the sense that inequality is unjust if the worse off person is not responsible for her position. In this paper, we consider the main ways to interpret the luck egalitarian idea and argue that none of them escapes the following dilemma: If LE is reducible to or reflects a familiar consideration or considerations, such as desert, priority for the worse off, or utility, or a simple balance of such familiar considerations, it is theoretically redundant and misleading; whereas if it is a distinct principle, which is not reducible to (a balance of) familiar considerations, it is false.

Keywords: Luck Egalitarianism, Equality, Desert, Choice

Suggested Citation

Malcai, Ofer and Segev, Re'em, A Dilemma for Luck Egalitarians (October 27, 2023). The Journal of Value Inquiry, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4615054 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4615054

Ofer Malcai

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law ( email )

Mount Scopus
Mount Scopus, IL 91905
Israel

Re'em Segev (Contact Author)

Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Faculty of Law ( email )

Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, 91905
Israel

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