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008 150311s2015 nju b 000 0 eng
020 9780691167145|q(hbk. ;|qalk. paper)
020 0691167141|q(hbk. ;|qalk. paper)
024 8 40025394372
050 00 HB523|b.F73 2015
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100 1 Frankfurt, Harry G.,|d1929-
245 10 On inequality /|cHarry G. Frankfurt.
264 1 Princeton, N.J. :|bPrinceton University Press,|c
300 xi, 102 pages ;|c19 cm
504 Includes bibliographical references (pages 93-102).
505 0 Economic equality as a moral ideal -- Equality and
520 Economic inequality is one of the most divisive issues of
our time. Yet few would argue that inequality is a greater
evil than poverty. The poor suffer because they don't have
enough, not because others have more, and some have far
too much. So why do many people appear to be more
distressed by the rich than by the poor? This provocative
book presents a compelling and unsettling response to
those who believe that the goal of social justice should
be economic equality or less inequality. Harry Frankfurt
argues that we are morally obligated to eliminate poverty-
-not achieve equality or reduce inequality. Our focus
should be on making sure everyone has a sufficient amount
to live a decent life. To focus instead on inequality is
distracting and alienating. At the same time, Frankfurt
argues that the conjunction of vast wealth and poverty is
offensive. If we dedicate ourselves to making sure
everyone has enough, we may reduce inequality as a side
effect. But it's essential to see that the ultimate goal
of justice is to end poverty, not inequality.
650 0 Equality|xPhilosophy.
650 0 Income distribution.
650 0 Distributive justice.