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[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / B. Equalities / 4. Economic equality]

Full Idea

Michael Walzer argues for 'complex equality', saying different goods belong to different distributive 'spheres', each with its own distributive principles.

Gist of Idea

Equality is complex, with different spheres of equality where different principles apply


report of Michael Walzer (Spheres of Justice [1983]) by Adam Swift - Political Philosophy (3rd ed) 3 'Egalitarian'

Book Reference

Swift,Adam: 'Political Philosophy (3rd edn)' [Polity 2014], p.101

A Reaction

Sounds interesting. Equality seems to make different demands when it concerns basic food for survival, or fine wines. You can spend your money freely, but hording in a crisis is frowned on.