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Single Idea 20548

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

Full Idea

Someone who rejects equality can care passionately that resources should be transferred from the rich to the poor. They are just rejecting a particular reason that might be offered to justify the redistribution.

Gist of Idea

A person can desire redistibution of wealth, without it being for reasons of equality


Adam Swift (Political Philosophy (3rd ed) [2014], 3 'Intro')

Book Reference

Swift,Adam: 'Political Philosophy (3rd edn)' [Polity 2014], p.96

A Reaction

For example, it might be for utilitarian reasons, which usually only seek maximised happiness, not equal happiness. And one may love many forms of equality, without economic equality being one of them.