Same difference: how Rawls’ arguments for the difference principle motivate sufficientarianism

Rawls famously proposed the difference principle as a principle of distributive justice.  The difference principle: social and economic inequalities are just if and only if they’re part of an arrangement that maximally benefits the worst-off members of society. In other words, inequality between the richest and poorest is only just … Continue reading Same difference: how Rawls’ arguments for the difference principle motivate sufficientarianism

Enough, already! Why Rawlsians could be Sufficientarians

In this series of blog posts, Rob makes three arguments related to sufficientarianism, which is a theory of distributive justice – an area of moral philosophy concerned with the question of how resources should be distributed in a society. Introduction Sufficientarianism roughly holds that a just distribution is one in … Continue reading Enough, already! Why Rawlsians could be Sufficientarians

Thought Experiments

Thought experiments are a key tool of analytic philosophy. They involve considering a real-world or imaginary situation which provokes a powerful moral or evaluative judgement. These judgements can then be used to test whether a philosophical theory is right or wrong, much as scientific experiments are used to test whether … Continue reading Thought Experiments

Are Humans Exceptional?

This co-authored post examines arguments for and against ‘human exceptionalism’. Human exceptionalism holds that humans possess a special quality which means they are of greater moral value or regard than non-human animals. Rob starts by sketching out a dilemma – which he calls the ‘evolutionary dilemma’ – that the theory … Continue reading Are Humans Exceptional?


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