Modern Theories of Justice

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MIT Press, 2002 - Philosophy - 525 pages

This first book in English by Serge-Christophe Kolm provides an overview of his far-reaching vision of distributive justice. Kolm derives justice from considerations of rationality. Justice cannot be defined by one all-encompassing principle or set of a few principles. It has the general form of an equality of individuals' liberties in a broad sense, with different applications and specific adjustments when several liberties conflict or when everybody prefers another outcome.Kolm describes the theory of justice and presents and evaluates each of the various modern theories, principles, or criteria of justice. He shows how some complement each other, how some are unworkable, and how some could be rescued. The result is an intensive introduction to the general theory of justice for economists and noneconomists alike.

 

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Contents

An Overview
3
Justice Liberty and Equality
31
The General Structure of Justice
53
ActFreedom
87
Full Process Liberalism and Liberal Social Contracts
103
SecondBest Justice Human Resources and Income
111
Justice and Equity
153
Fairness from Ignorance
169
Equalities and Liberties
209
Comparing and Measuring
259
Needs and Misery
319
Freedom Morals Market Failures and the State
337
Morals Liberty the State and Ethical Motivational
379
Utilitarianisms Strict and Metaphorical
405
Social Choice Theory
435
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Serge-Christophe Kolm is Professor and Director at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Paris. He is the author of thirty books and several hundred scientific articles in economics and other branches of social science.

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