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Relational Sufficientarianism and Frankfurt’s Objections to Equality

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Relational Sufficientarianism and Frankfurt’s Objections to Equality. / Lippert-Rasmussen, Kasper.

In: Journal of Ethics, Vol. 25, No. 1, 03.2021, p. 81-106.

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abstract = "This article presents two rejoinders to Frankfurt{\textquoteright}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{\textquoteright}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{\textquoteright}s objections to distributive equality. The second rejoinder takes the form of a demonstration that all of Frankfurt{\textquoteright}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{\textquoteright}s objections.",
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