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Forget About Equality

From: Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal
Volume 6, Number 2, June 1996
pp. 129-144 | 10.1353/ken.1996.0009


Justice is widely thought to consist in equality. For many theorists, the central question has been: Equality of what? The author argues that the ideal of equality distorts practical reasoning and has deeply counterintuitive implications. Moreover, an alternative view of distributive justice can give a better account of what egalitarians should care about than can any of the competing ideals of equality.