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  1. D. W. Haslett

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee004

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

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Haslett, D. W. 2013. Inheritance. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

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  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013


Philosophers challenge conventional beliefs, beliefs that most people, without much thought, simply assume to be justified. One such belief is that it is quite natural, and justified, for wealth to be inherited. But, long ago, the inheritance of political power was, for good reasons, abolished virtually everywhere. Why not now, it might be asked, abolish the inheritance of economic power, of wealth?


  • ethics;
  • practical (applied) ethics