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Theories of Distributive Justice

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$47.00 • £37.95 • €42.50

ISBN 9780674879201

Publication Date: 01/13/1998


352 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

A number of line illustrations


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • The Measurement of Utility and Arrow’s Theorem
    • The Measurability and Comparability of Utility
    • The Arrow Impossibility Theorem
    • Reformulation of the Impossibility Theorem with Utility Functions
    • The Connection between Arrovian Social Choice and Distributive Justice
    • Social Choice on Economic Environments
    • Conclusion
  • Axiomatic Bargaining Theory
    • Justice as Rational Prudence
    • The Nash Bargaining Solution
    • Other Axiomatizations of the Nash Solution
    • The Kalai-Smorodinsky and Egalitarian Solutions
    • A Criticism from the Economic Point of View
    • Conclusion
  • Axiomatic Mechanism Theory on Economic Environments
    • Introduction
    • The Domain of Economic Environments
    • Axioms and Theorems on Economic Environments
    • Proofs of Theorems
    • Naming Utility and Goods
    • Conclusion
  • Utilitarianism
    • Introduction
    • Maskin’s Theorem
    • The Representation Theorems of Harsanyi and Myerson
    • Utilitarianism from behind the Veil of Ignorance
    • An Implication for the Interpretation of Individual Optimization under Uncertainty
    • Optimal Population Size
    • Conclusion
  • Primary Goods, Fundamental Preferences, and Functionings
    • Countering Utilitarianism
    • Primary Goods, Welfare, and Equality
    • Rawls’s Arguments for Maximin (the Difference Principle)
    • The Cohen Criticism
    • Kolm’s Fundamental Preferences
    • Functionings and Capability
    • Equality of Functionings or Primary Goods: An Alternative Approach
    • Conclusion
  • Neo-Lockeanism and Self-Ownership
    • Nozick’s Theory of Distributive Justice
    • Challenges to Nozick
    • Joint Ownership of the External World
    • Generalizations of Locke on Economic Environments
    • Implementation
    • The Morality of Self-Ownership
    • Conclusion
  • Equality of Welfare versus Equality of Resources
    • Introduction
    • Dworkin on Equality of Welfare
    • Countering Dworkin’s Central Argument against Equality of Welfare
    • Dworkin’s Definition of Equality of Resources
    • An Axiomatic Approach to Equality of Resources
    • Conclusion
  • Equality of Opportunity for Welfare
    • Relocating Dworkin’s Cut, 1
    • Relocating Dworkin’s Cut, 2
    • Equality of Opportunity: An Example
    • Equality of Opportunity: A Formalization
    • A Discrete Formulation of Equality of Opportunity
    • Examples of the EOp Mechanism
    • Related Approaches to Equality of Opportunity
    • Conclusion
    • Appendix
  • Appendix: Envy-Free Allocations
  • References
  • Index

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