Criteria of Justice: Desert, Needs and Equality

Norman, R.J. (2001) Criteria of Justice: Desert, Needs and Equality. Res Publica, 7 (2). pp. 115-136. ISSN 1356-4765. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The conception of social justice as equality is defended in this paper by examining what may appear to be two inegalitarian conceptions of justice, as distribution according to desert and as distribution according to need. It is argued that claims of just entitlement arise within a context of reciprocal co-operation for mutual benefit. Within such a context there are special cases where it can be said that those who contribute more deserve more, and that those who need more should get more, but those claims themselves presuppose a norm of equal contribution and equal benefit.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: compensation, contribution, co-operation, desert, equality, justice, need, reciprocity, reward
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Fiona Godfrey
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2009 16:07
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:32
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/8800 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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