What Does Society Owe Me If I Am Responsible for Being Worse Off?
Version of Record online: 9 FEB 2014
© Society for Applied Philosophy, 2014
Journal of Applied Philosophy
Volume 31, Issue 3, pages 271–286, August 2014
How to Cite
Andersen, M. M. (2014), What Does Society Owe Me If I Am Responsible for Being Worse Off?. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 31: 271–286. doi: 10.1111/japp.12054
- Issue online: 4 AUG 2014
- Version of Record online: 9 FEB 2014
Luck egalitarians need to address the question of cost-responsibility: If an individual is responsible for being worse off than others, then what benefits, if any, is that individual uniquely cost-responsible for? By applying luck egalitarianism to justice in health I discuss different answers to this question inspired by two different interpretations of luck egalitarianism, namely ‘standard luck egalitarianism’ and ‘all luck egalitarianism’, respectively. Even though I argue that the latter is more plausible than the former, I ultimately suggest and defend a third interpretation of luck egalitarianism, which I label ‘universal luck egalitarianism’. Finally, I adjust my findings to a (all things considered) more plausible currency, namely welfare.