Skip to main content
×
Home
    • Aa
    • Aa
  • Get access
    Check if you have access via personal or institutional login
  • Cited by 2
  • Cited by
    This article has been cited by the following publications. This list is generated based on data provided by CrossRef.

    Messina, J. P. 2016. Desert in liberal justice: beyond institutional guarantees. Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 46, Issue. 2, p. 248.


    Alm, David 2010. Desert and the Control Asymmetry. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Vol. 13, Issue. 4, p. 361.


    ×

The Epistemological Argument against Desert

  • JEFFREY MORIARTY (a1)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0953820805001524
  • Published online: 01 July 2005
Abstract

Most contemporary political philosophers deny that justice requires giving people what they deserve. According to a familiar anti-desert argument, the influence of genes and environment on people's actions and traits undermines all desert-claims. According to a less familiar – but more plausible – argument, the influence of genes and environment on people's actions and traits undermines some desert-claims (or all desert-claims to an extent). But, it says, we do not know which ones (or to what extent). This article examines this ‘epistemological’ argument against desert. It gives reason to believe that it fails, emphasizing the importance of justice relative to efficiency and attempting to construct a practical way of measuring desert.

Copyright
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Utilitas
  • ISSN: 0953-8208
  • EISSN: 1741-6183
  • URL: /core/journals/utilitas
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×