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Hillel Steiner on Justice - Dictionary of Arguments

Gaus I 127
Justice/Hillel Steiner/Gaus/Mack: Steiner's conception of liberty, rights and the
compossibility requirement supports his entitlement account of justice. (>Freedom/Steiner.)
Justice involves a division of the world into various domains, each person possessing rights over some of it, this defining his sphere of freedom. Since, Steiner insists, rights protect our ability to choose, we are free (while alive) to transfer our holdings to others; the justice of a system of
holdings will thus crucially depend on its history - whether it has been brought about by a series of
legitimate, non-exploitative, choices. >Property/Hillel Steiner.
GausVsSteiner, Hillel: Consider: (1) if justice involves treating equally those who are in relevant respects equal; (>Property/Steiner) and (2') because of thorough-going scepticism about public reasons, it cannot be shown that people are equal in any relevant way; then (3') justice doesn't demand treating everyone
Gaus I 128

1. Steiner, Hillel (1994) An Essay on Rights. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.

Mack, Eric and Gaus, Gerald F. 2004. „Classical Liberalism and Libertarianism: The Liberty Tradition.“ In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications.

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Steiner, Hillel
Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004

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