Can I be a luck egalitarian and a Rawlsian?
Tomlin, P. (2012) Can I be a luck egalitarian and a Rawlsian? Ethical Perspectives, 19 (3). pp. 371-397. ISSN 1370-0049
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Luck egalitarianism and Rawlsianism have been presented as competing answers to the same question: the question of distributive justice. In this paper, I show how they are in fact not different theories of the same thing, but rather different theories of different things - different answers to different questions. I trace the history of luck egalitarian thinking and try to show why Rawlsianism and luck egalitarianism were taken to be the same kind of project. I then examine different ways that one could consistently endorse (some version of) luck egalitarianism and (some version of/elements of) Rawls' theory.