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Liberalism, Social Justice, and Individual Responsibility

Álvaro de Vita
Published Online: 2013-02-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/wpsr-2012-0015


The study examines the contemporary normative debate on social justice from the perspective of the normative political theory of “egalitarian liberalism”. Contrary to an anti-egalitarian liberal political theory, or “libertarianism”, the argument is that a notion of “effective freedom”, and not negative freedom, is central to egalitarian liberalism. Additionally, in contrast to a theoretical current of egalitarianism known as “luck egalitarianism”, the article further argues that although egalitarian liberalism assigns special importance to individual responsibility, it does so (unlike luck egalitarianism) without implying any concession to the conservative critique of egalitarianism and the state’s redistributive action.

Keywords: egalitarian liberalism; individual responsibility; libertarianism; luck egalitarianism; social justice

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Corresponding author: Álvaro de Vita, Department of Political Science, University of São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Published Online: 2013-02-15

Citation Information: World Political Science, Volume 8, Issue 1, Pages 297–329, ISSN (Online) 2363-4782, ISSN (Print) 2363-4774, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/wpsr-2012-0015.

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