Department of Political Science

Relational Sufficientarianism and Frankfurt’s Objections to Equality

Research output: Contribution to journal/Conference contribution in journal/Contribution to newspaperJournal articleResearchpeer-review

This article presents two rejoinders to Frankfurt’s arguments against egalitarianism. In developing the first, I introduce a novel relational view of justice: relational sufficiency. This is the view that justice requires us to relate to one another as people with sufficient, but not necessarily equal, standing. I argue that if Frankfurt’s objections to distributive equality are sound, so are analogous objections to relational equality. However, in a range of cases involving comparative justice (punishment, equal pay, and family relations) we should be relational egalitarians, not relational sufficientarians, and that we must therefore reject Frankfurt’s objections to distributive equality. The second rejoinder takes the form of a demonstration that all of Frankfurt’s objections to distributive equality (and relational equality) are unsound. In effect, the article rehabilitates the ideal of distributive equality in the face of Frankfurt’s objections.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Ethics
Volume25
Issue1
Pages (from-to)81-106
ISSN1382-4554
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

    Research areas

  • Distributive egalitarianism, Distributive justice, Harry Frankfurt, Relational egalitarianism, Relational sufficientarianism, Sufficientarianism

See relations at Aarhus University Citationformats

ID: 194375229