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Distributive Justice and Disability: Utilitarianism against Egalitarianism

Mark S. Stein


Theories of distributive justice are most severely tested in the area of disability. This book argues that utilitarianism performs better than egalitarian theories in this area: whereas egalitarianism helps the disabled either too little or too much, utilitarianism achieves the proper balance by placing resources where they will do the most good. The book offers what may be the broadest critique of egalitarian theory from a utilitarian perspective. It addresses the work of egalitarian theorists John Rawls, Ronald Dworkin, Amartya Sen, Bruce Ackerman, Martha Nussbaum, Norman Daniels, Philippe V ... More

Keywords: distributive justice, disability, utilitarianism, egalitarianism, medical resources, life expectancy, quality of life, John Rawls, Ronald Dworkin, Amartya Sen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780300100570
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300100570.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark S. Stein, author