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The Resource Fairness, Nicholas Rescher

Fairness, Nicholas Rescher

Label
Fairness
Title
Fairness
Statement of responsibility
Nicholas Rescher
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In theory and practice, the notion of fairness is far from simple. The principle is often elusive and subject to confusion, even in institutions of law, usage, and custom. In Fairness, Nicholas Rescher aims to liberate this concept from misunderstandings by showing how its definitive characteristics prevent it from being absorbed by such related conceptions as paternalistic benevolence, radical egalitarianism, and social harmonization. Rescher demonstrates that equality before the state is an instrument of justice, not of social utility or public welfare, and argues that the notion of fairness stops well short of a literal egalitarianism. Rescher disposes of the confusions arising from economists' penchant to focus on individual preferences, from decision theorists' concern for averting envy, and from political theorists' sympathy for egalitarianism. In their place he shows how the idea of distributive equity forms the core of the concept of fairness in matters of distributive justice. The coordination of shares with valid claims is the crux of the concept of fairness. In Rescher's view, this means that the pursuit of fairness requires objective rather than subjective evaluation of the goods being shared. This is something quite different from subjective equity based on the personal evaluation of goods by those laying claim to them. Insofar as subjective equity is a concern, the appropriate procedure for its realization is a process of maximum value distribution. Further, Rescher demonstrates that in matters of distributive justice, the distinction between new ownership and preexisting ownership is pivotal and calls for proceeding on very different principles depending on the case. How one should proceed depends on context, and what is adjudged fair is pragmatic, in that there are different requirements for effectiveness in achieving the aims and purposes of the sort of distribution that is intended. Rescher concludes that fairness is a fundamentally ethical concept. Its distinctive modus operandi contrasts sharply with the aims of paternalism, preference-maximizing, or economic advantage. Fairness will be of interest to philosophers, economists, and political scientists."--Provided by publisher
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Rescher, Nicholas,
Dewey number
172.2
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Distributive justice
  • Wealth
  • Fairness
Label
Fairness, Nicholas Rescher
Instantiates
Publication
Color
multicolored
Contents
Chapter 1 Treating Claims Impartially -- chapter 2 Abstract Fairness and Claim Proportionality -- chapter 3 The Liabilities and Assets of Fairness -- chapter 4 Going Beyond Fairness? Subjective Equity and Benevolent Allocation -- chapter 5 Probabilistic Expectations: Dividing Prospective Gains in Risk Situations: The Historical Background -- chapter 6 Predominantism: Limits of Proportionism in Pre-Ownership -- chapter 7 Dividing Credit for Discoveries: Limits of Proportionalism in Teamwork -- chapter 8 The Pragmatic Rationale of Distribution Principles
Control code
on1004081124
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781351324922
Note
Taylor & Francis
Other physical details
text file, PDF
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1004081124
Label
Fairness, Nicholas Rescher
Publication
Color
multicolored
Contents
Chapter 1 Treating Claims Impartially -- chapter 2 Abstract Fairness and Claim Proportionality -- chapter 3 The Liabilities and Assets of Fairness -- chapter 4 Going Beyond Fairness? Subjective Equity and Benevolent Allocation -- chapter 5 Probabilistic Expectations: Dividing Prospective Gains in Risk Situations: The Historical Background -- chapter 6 Predominantism: Limits of Proportionism in Pre-Ownership -- chapter 7 Dividing Credit for Discoveries: Limits of Proportionalism in Teamwork -- chapter 8 The Pragmatic Rationale of Distribution Principles
Control code
on1004081124
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781351324922
Note
Taylor & Francis
Other physical details
text file, PDF
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1004081124

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