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Equality or fairness?

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Mon 09 Oct 18:15 - 20:15

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Do people really want equality?
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International politics, the UN Millennium Goals, and the general public discussion agree that society’s main goal is to reduce inequality. The agreement on equality is so strong, that we rarely question it. In his new book “On Inequality” philosopher Harry Frankfurt claims that economic equality is not a valuable goal to strive for. He claims it to be a moral value that most people disagree on. What people in general are much more concerned by are the causes and consequences of inequality, and that what people wish for is fairness.

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1) What is the difference between equality and equity/fairness?
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2) How would politics based on fairness differ from politics based on equality?

3) Why is fairness so important to people? How would it transform our society?

4) What about freedom, would a base of equality or fairness serve the individual better?

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NB: this topic has been suggested and inspired by our member Elisabeth Aas Latigue.