Justice and Egalitarian Relations

ISBN : 9780190084240

Christian Schemmel
336 ページ
156 x 235 mm
Oxford Political Philosophy

Why does equality matter, as a social and political value, and what does it require? Relational egalitarians argue that it does not require that people receive equal distributive shares of some good, but that they relate as equals. Christian Schemmel here provides the first comprehensive development of a liberal conception of relational equality, one which understands relations of non-domination and egalitarian norms of social status as stringent demands of social justice. He first argues that expressing respect for the freedom and equality of individuals in social cooperation requires stringent protections against domination. Taking this as a starting point, he then develops a substantive, liberal conception of non-domination and argues that non-domination is a particularly important, but not the only, concern of social justice. From there, Schemmel develops an account of the wrongness of inegalitarian norms of social status which shows how status-induced foreclosure of important social opportunities is a social injustice in its own right, over and above the role of status inequality in enabling domination, and the threats it poses to individuals' self-respect. Finally, Schemmel articulates the core requirements of liberal relational egalitarianism for political, economic, and health justice: these amount to demands for far-reaching forms of equality in all three domains, which can rarely, if ever, be overridden by competing concerns. With expert rigor and creativity, Justice and Egalitarian Relations brings together scholarship in a variety of related topics, from social justice and liberalism to distributive and relational equality, social equality, neo-republicanism, and non-denomination.


Part I: Liberal Relational Egalitarianism
Chapter 1: Justice and Egalitarian Relations
Chapter 2: Distributive and Relational Equality
Chapter 3: Liberal Non-Domination
Chapter 4: The Demands of Liberal Non-Domination
Chapter 5: Relational Equality Beyond Non-Domination
Chapter 6: Social Status, Self-Respect, and Opportunity
Part II: Implications
Chapter 7: Political Equality
Chapter 8: Distributive Inequality
Chapter 9: Health Inequality


Christian Schemmel, Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Manchester Christian Schemmel is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Manchester. He works on theories of social justice and equality, liberalism and republicanism, international and global justice, political theory of the welfare state and workplace and economic democracy, and moral psychology.