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Justice - Lecture 14

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Lecture 14 - Equality and Personal Responsibility

- How compelling are Dworkin's principles of equal importance and special responsibility? Do you think that government must treat each person's life as being of equal importance?
- How does Dworkin's insurance model draw on both of those principles? Where does the idea of special responsibility fit into the insurance scheme?
- Are the inequalities sanctioned by Dworkin's insurance model consistent with the idea that it matters equally how well each person's life goes?
- What is the case against what Dworkin calls "the severe policy," and is it a convincing argument against current American welfare policy?
- What is the "rescue approach," and would it better fit the requirement of equal concern?

Prof. Joshua Cohen
17.01J / 24.04J Justice
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)
Date accessed: 2008-12-28
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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