When Bad Things Happen to Good People: Luck Egalitarianism and Costly Rescues

Jens Damgaard Thaysen, Andreas Brøgger Albertsen

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Abstract

According to luck egalitarianism, it is not unfair when people are disadvantaged by choices they are responsible for. This implies that those who are disadvantaged by choices that prevent disadvantage to others are not eligible for compensation. This is counterintuitive. We argue that the problem such cases pose for luck egalitarianism reveals an important distinction between responsibility for creating disadvantage and responsibility for distributing disadvantage which has hitherto been overlooked. We develop and defend a version of luck egalitarianism which only holds people responsible for creating disadvantage. This revision enables luck egalitarianism to offer compensation to those who are disadvantaged by preventing disadvantage to others,like dependent caretakers, without compromising the responsibility–sensitivity at the
heart of luck egalitarianism.
Original languageDanish
JournalPolitics, Philosophy & Economics
Volume16
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)93-112
Number of pages20
ISSN1470-594X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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