Relational Egalitarianism: Telic and Deontic

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review


Derek Parfit famously introduced a now commonly adopted distinction between telic and deontic distributive egalitarianism. This chapter argues that we can draw a similar distinction between telic and deontic relational egalitarianism. Interestingly, telic relational egalitarianism might be less vulnerable to the levelling-down objection than telic distributive egalitarianism. However, while some relational egalitarian concerns are best captured by telic relational egalitarianism, other concerns are better captured by deontic relational egalitarianism and yet others relating to intergenerational justice are better captured by telic distributive egalitarianism. Accordingly, insofar as we are egalitarians, we should be pluralist egalitarians in a more thoroughgoing way than Parfit entertained.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrinciples and Persons : The Legacy of Derek Parfit
Place of publicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date16 Jul 2021
ISBN (Print)978-0-19-289399-4
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2021


  • Deontic equality
  • Distributive justice
  • Egalitarianism
  • Intergenerational justice
  • Levelling-down objection
  • Pluralism
  • Relational egalitarianism
  • Telic equality


Dive into the research topics of 'Relational Egalitarianism: Telic and Deontic'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this