Equality and Social Justice

Over the last couple of weeks, we have considered work by several authors who describe a more or less comprehensive set of principles for deciding questions about the balance of equality,
freedom, and social justice: Rawls, Nozick, Nussbaum, and Walzer. Each of these authors has a different perspective on how/whether it is acceptable to redistribute resources in order to
promote material equality, and what the consequences of doing so are.
For this assignment, you will choose and defend one of these four theories. You might choose the argument you find the most persuasive or plausible, the idea of justice would you be most
comfortable living with on a day-to-day basis, or the one that seems most compatible with your own ideas about justice and equality. Whatever the reason for your choice, you should briefly
summarize the main points of each author’s argument, and show where the various authors agree and where they are in conflict. You should then explain why you prefer the one you do,
and why the other conceptions are flawed or unsatisfactory. (In other words, you aren’t just arguing for your preferred theory, you are also arguing against the other three). Draw on other
readings from the course to support your argument.
You exam should be 8-10 pages long, and use at least 7 sources from the assigned readings (so, all of the four authors listed above, and three others of your choice from any point in the
course).

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