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Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 215–217 | Cite as

Lippert-Rasmussen, Kasper. Luck Egalitarianism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016. IBSN: 978-1-47257-043-7 (HB), 978-1-47257-042-0 (PB). £49.50 (HB), £17.99 (PB)
  • Gerald Lang
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We can understand luck egalitarianism, very roughly, as the claim that it is unjust if some are worse off than others as a result of bad luck (1). Several qualifications should be immediately attached to this definition, as Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen clearly explains (3–6). Most notably: first, luck egalitarianism states a sufficient condition for injustice, but not a necessary and sufficient condition; second, it is silent on whether an equal distribution which is due to luck preserves justice; and third, luck egalitarianism does not say that it is unjust if some are better off than others as a result of good luck.

Lippert-Rasmussen’s book offers both a reliable and critically sophisticated guide to the debate on luck egalitarianism from one of its shrewdest and most subtle contributors, and also advances several new interesting ideas and proposals. As ever, there are arguments to quarrel with, but that should not distract anyone from the fact that this book is a model of its kind. It...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of LeedsLeedsUK

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