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Liberal Equality - Amy Gutmann

Paperback Published: 22nd December 1980
ISBN: 9780521296656
Number Of Pages: 332

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This book makes a significant contribution to the tradition of liberal political theory: it explores the foundations and limits of the idea of equality within that theory and offers a sustained argument for a persuasive new view of liberalism. Liberal thinking has always displayed a tension between the claims of liberty and those of equality. Professor Gutmann examines the contributions of liberal theorists from Locke to Rawls on the subject of two kinds of equality - equality of opportunity to participate and the equal distribution of economic goods. Valuing both, she shows that, far from being alternatives, the two ideals are compatible to a much greater degree than has previously been thought. Liberal Equality restores egalitarianism to political theory in a way that will forcefully challenge its critics to deeper reflection.

Introduction: equality, liberty and liberal theory
The classical liberal foundations
J. S. Mill and participatory opportunity
The Fabians and their allies: the minimal welfare state and beyond
The relevant reasons for liberal egalitarianism
John Rawls and distributive equality
Contemporary critics of liberal egalitarianism: left and right
Participatory and distributive equality reintegrated
Conclusion: the limits of liberal egalitarian politics
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ISBN: 9780521296656
ISBN-10: 052129665X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 22nd December 1980
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.49