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On Competition in Utopian Capitalism

Jason Brennan
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  • Department of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy, Georgetown University, 3700 O St NW, Washington, DC 20057, USA
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Published Online: 2017-06-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mopp-2017-0004


Stephen Hood asks a number of interesting questions about which moral norms govern competition. Pace Hood, I argue that these questions have no bearing on the debate between G. A. Cohen and me, as either one of us could answer those questions any number of ways, without this changing our view on whether a fully just society would be socialist or capitalist.

Keywords: competition; ideal theory; G. A. Cohen; capitalism; socialism


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Published Online: 2017-06-13

Published in Print: 2017-06-27

Citation Information: Moral Philosophy and Politics, Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 109–115, ISSN (Online) 2194-5624, ISSN (Print) 2194-5616, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mopp-2017-0004.

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