Individualism, Community, and Distributive Justice

Individualism, Community, and Distributive Justice Vivek Chibber Ever since the publication of John Rawls' classic A Theory make on society can only be limited; in turn, the range of obliof Justice in 1971, liberalism and egalitarianism have been seen gations which they owe to others also diminishes. Zucker by many as closely related doctrines. Given that egalitarianism explains: had, for the century preceding Rawls, been connected to liberThese assumptions about the person can affect rules of disalism's primary rival in the family of political philosophies-- tribution, because they crucially affect how much the indisocialist collectivism--this is a remarkable achievement. It is vidual is responsible for the income and wealth he or she testimony to the power of Rawls' argument that he was able to possesses, how much credit the individual can take in demandshow not only that there is a zone of compatibility between ing differential economic reward . . . and how much the indipolitical individualism and economic equality, but also that a vidual is beholden to others as a member of an economic commitment to the former depends on significant advances quasi-community (30). toward the latter. The three decades since have witnessed a Here, then, is the limit that liberal individualism http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

Individualism, Community, and Distributive Justice

The Good Society, Volume 13 (1)

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Vivek Chibber Ever since the publication of John Rawls' classic A Theory make on society can only be limited; in turn, the range of obliof Justice in 1971, liberalism and egalitarianism have been seen gations which they owe to others also diminishes. Zucker by many as closely related doctrines. Given that egalitarianism explains: had, for the century preceding Rawls, been connected to liberThese assumptions about the person can affect rules of disalism's primary rival in the family of political philosophies-- tribution, because they crucially affect how much the indisocialist collectivism--this is a remarkable achievement. It is vidual is responsible for the income and wealth he or she testimony to the power of Rawls' argument that he was able to possesses, how much credit the individual can take in demandshow not only that there is a zone of compatibility between ing differential economic reward . . . and how much the indipolitical individualism and economic equality, but also that a vidual is beholden to others as a member of an economic commitment to the former depends on significant advances quasi-community (30). toward the latter. The three decades since have witnessed a Here, then, is the limit that liberal individualism

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