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Rawls and Piketty: the philosophical aspects of economic inequality


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Sunajko, Goran. (2016). Rawls and Piketty: the philosophical aspects of economic inequality. The Journal of Philosophical Economics : Reflections on Economic and Social Issues, IX(2). pp. 71-84. ISSN 1843-2298, 1844-8208

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This paper discusses a key contemporary problem, that of inequality. Certainly, the most visible inequality today is economic inequality, which is not only a characteristic found today, but is also the result of a long historical development. The problem arises when inequality becomes artificial (produces itself) and thus becomes a matter of social sciences and humanities. At this point, the question of economic inequality becomes a non-economic issue and thus opens the possibility of formulating such principles that will be able to reduce the issue to a minimum. This paper discusses this possibility, while referring to Thomas Piketty’s book on capital in relation to John Rawls’s principles of justice to which Piketty refers to.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: inequality; fairness; justice; Homo economicus; difference principle; egoist; sense of justice
Subjects: Philosophy
Departments: Department of Philosophy
Date Deposited: 28 May 2018 09:25
Last Modified: 28 May 2018 09:25

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