The Imperialism of Desert

Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy, Forthcoming

38 Pages Posted: 17 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

What is the relation between desert and other values such as equality, priority for the worse off, and utility? According to the common view, desert and these other values reflect distinct concerns: some are about distributive justice, some about retributive justice, and some (most clearly, utility) are not concerned with justice at all. However, another view holds that while desert is a basic value, other values are merely derived from it. This controversy is relevant, for instance, to allocative decisions and criminal punishment, where we need to know if other values should be balanced against desert. Yet, despite its theoretical significance and practical importance, this topic is underexplored. Aiming to fill this gap, we consider the arguments for and against the competing views.

Keywords: Desert, Wellbeing, Utility, Equality, Priority, Sufficiency

Suggested Citation

Malcai, Ofer and Segev, Re'em, The Imperialism of Desert (October 27, 2023). Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4615099 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4615099

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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