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The Ideal of Equality

The Ideal of Equality (London/New York: Macmillan and St. Martin's Press, 2000); paperback (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002). Co-edited with Andrew Williams.

'The editors are to be congratulated on having put together a collection of leading contributions to the debate about equality among political philosophers in recent years. A number of the pieces are quite hard to obtain, so their appearance is doubly welcome.' - Brian Barry, Columbia University

'Equality, once again, has become a central focus of debate in political philosophy. The papers collected here--some of the most influential and sophisticated contributions to the recent literature--make absolutely clear why this is so.'-Jonathan Wolff, University College London.


One of the central debates within contemporary Anglo-American political philosophy concerns how to formulate an egalitarian theory of distributive justice which gives coherent expression to egalitarian convictions and withstands the most powerful anti-egalitarian objections. This book brings together many of the key contributions to that debate by some of the world's leading political philosophers: Richard Arneson, G.A. Cohen, Ronald Dworkin, Thomas Nagel, Derek Parfit, John Rawls, T.M. Scanlon, and Larry Temkin.

  Table of Contents  

List of Contributors


1. Some Questions for Egalitarians: M. Clayton & A. Williams

2. Reply to Alexander and Musgrave (extracts): J. Rawls

3. The Diversity of Objections to Inequality: T.M. Scanlon

4. Equality: T. Nagel

5. Equality or Priority?: D. Parfit

6. Equality, Priority, and the Levelling Down Objection: L. Temkin    

7. The Pareto Argument for Inequality (extracts): G.A. Cohen

8. Equal Opportunities for Welfare (extracts): R. Arneson

9. Justice in the Distribution of Health Care: R. Dworkin

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