Envy-Freeness and Distributive Justice: A Reply to Kolm's Comment
AbstractThis reply takes up specific points raised by Professor Kolm over which there persists some disagreement between us. It offers a rather broad, philosophically oriented discussion of the issues. I explain why I think Kolm is right in preferring the term 'equity' to that of 'envy-freeness,' but I express moral doubts concerning the interpretation proposed by Kolm of equity as a criterion of equal liberty. On this basis, I then defend my own specific interpretation of equity as a welfarist-egalitarian criterion, and express some reluctance as to the alleged 'moral irrelevance' of individual preferences in the theory of equity. I also briefly discuss the conceptual role played by counterfactuals and try to mitigate somewhat Kolm's critique of the use of axioms involving 'imaginary' situations. Copyright 1996 by Blackwell Publishers Ltd
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Volume (Year): 10 (1996)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
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