Egalitarian justice and valuational judgment

Knight, C. (2009) Egalitarian justice and valuational judgment. Journal of Moral Philosophy, 6(4), pp. 482-498. (doi:10.1163/174046809X12464327133177)

Knight, C. (2009) Egalitarian justice and valuational judgment. Journal of Moral Philosophy, 6(4), pp. 482-498. (doi:10.1163/174046809X12464327133177)

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Abstract

Contemporary discussions of egalitarian justice have often focused on the issue of expensive taste. G.A. Cohen has recently abandoned the view that all chosen disadvantages are non-compensable, now maintaining that chosen expensive judgmental tastes—those endorsed by valuational judgment—are compensable as it is unreasonable to expect persons not to develop them. But chosen expensive brute taste—the main type of non-compensable expensive taste on the new scheme—cannot be described in such a way that there is a normative difference between it and chosen expensive judgmental taste. As there are related problems with denying compensation for the other kind of expensive taste that might remain non-compensable, Cohen's position on taste appears to be either implausible or virtually indistinguishable from that of equality of welfare. However, compensation for valuational judgment-based expensive taste might be justified on grounds of responsibility.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Knight, Dr Carl
Authors: Knight, C.
Subjects:J Political Science > JC Political theory
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Journal of Moral Philosophy
Publisher:Brill
ISSN:1740-4681
ISSN (Online):1745-5243
Copyright Holders:Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden
First Published:First published Journal of Moral Philosophy 6(4) : 482-498
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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