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Is Coercion a Ground of Distributive Justice?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Early online date8 Jan 2016
Accepted/In press8 Dec 2015
E-pub ahead of print8 Jan 2016


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In his rich and stimulating book, Blake argues (among other things) that comprehensive coercion triggers egalitarian obligations of distributive justice. I argue that (1) coercion is not a necessary condition for egalitarian justice to apply; (2) Blake’s use of a moralised conception of coercion is a mistake; (3) coercion is a redundant member of any set of sufficient conditions that might explain why distributive justice applies; (4) Blake’s emphasis on providing conditions for the exercise of autonomy might support a much more cosmopolitan theory of distributive justice.

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