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Single Idea 20550

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / B. Equalities / 1. Grounds of equality]

Full Idea

The minimal conception of equality of opportunity is that race or gender or religion should not affect chances of a good job or education. The conventional conception needs equality in acquiring competences. Radical views ignore inborn disadvantages.

Gist of Idea

Opportunity should ignore extraneous factors, or foster competence, or ignore all disadvantages


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

Book Reference

Swift,Adam: 'Political Philosophy (3rd edn)' [Polity 2014], p.105

A Reaction

[my summary of Swift] The strong version only says the less talented should have access to large rewards. The whole idea has strong capitalist assumptions.