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Equality Selected Readings

ISBN-10: 0195102509

ISBN-13: 9780195102505

Edition: 1996

Authors: Louis P. Pojman, Robert Westmoreland

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Equality: Selected Readings collects the most representative material on the subject of equality, providing critical analyses of the egalitarian principles which underlie contemporary debate on issues such as welfare, civil and human rights, affirmative action, and immigration. The most comprehensive anthology of its kind, this volume includes a broad range of readings, from the classical works of Aristotle, Hobbes, and Rousseau to contemporary selections by John Rawls, Thomas Nagel, R.M. Hare, Harry Frankfurt, Wallace Matson, Robert Nozick, Michael Walzer, and others. Several important topics are covered in depth, including the concept of equality; equal opportunity; welfare egalitarianism; resource egalitarianism; complex equality; and equal human worth and human rights. A comprehensive introduction and bibliography are also included. Ideal for courses in political philosophy, this unique work covers all sides of the crucial debate over equality and strives to expand readers' understanding of the issues at stake in order to help them arrive at informed judgments.
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Book details

List price: $54.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/12/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Louis P. Pojman (1935-2005) was Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at the United States Military Academy and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University. He was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Copenhagen and a Rockefeller Fellow at Hamburg University. He received his D.Phil. in Philosophy from Oxford University in 1997.His first position was at the University of Notre Dame, after which he taught at the University of Texas at Dallas. Later, at the University of Mississippi, he served for three years as Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. In 1995, he became Professor of Philosophy at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He most recently was Visiting Professor at Brigham Young University in Utah and Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Oxford University. Pojman won several research and teaching awards, including the Burlington Northern Award for Outstanding Teaching and Scholarship (1988) and the Outstanding Scholar/Teacher in the Humanities at the University of Mississippi (1994). He wrote in the areas of philosophy of religion, epistemology, ethics, and political philosophy and authored or edited more than 30 books and 100 articles. Pojman passed away in 2005.

Introduction: The Nature and Value of Equality
Classical Readings
Justice and Equality, Aristotle
Equality in the State of Nature
On the Origins of Inequality
On Justice and Equality
The Manifesto of Equality
On the Concept of Equality Itself
Egalitarianism as a Descriptive Concept
Equality and Time
Inequality
General Considerations
Groundwork for a Metaphysic of Morals (second formula of the categorical Imperative and other selections), Kant
Justice Does Not Imply Equality
Against Equality
Egalitarianism and the Equal Consideration of Interests
Justice and Equality
Equal Opportunity
Equality of Opportunity and Beyond
Liberty versus Equal Opportunity
The Concept of Equal Opportunity
Life is Not a Race
A Liberal Defense of Equal Opportunity
The Contemporary Debate on the Nature and Value of Equality
Equality and Desert
Justice: A Funeral Oration
Radical Welfare Egalitarianism
A Utilitarian Defense of Equality
Equality and Equal Opportunity for Welfare
A Critique of Welfare Egalitarianism
Equality and Partiality
Equality as a Moral Ideal
A Defense of Resource Equality
On Equal Human Worth: A Critique of Contemporary Egalitarianism
Complex Equality
Appendix
Harrison Bergeron
Bibliography