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A critique of Robert Nozick’s critique of patterned principles of justice

A critique of Robert Nozick’s critique of patterned principles of justice
A critique of Robert Nozick’s critique of patterned principles of justice
This paper critically discusses an objection raised by Robert Nozick's entitlement theory of justice against the so-called patterned principles of distributive justice. The objection suggests that “patterned principles” treat objects as if they appeared from nowhere. The paper challenges the helpfulness of the schematic label “patterned principles”, shows that the objection raised by the entitlement theory flows from a misreading of the principles falling under that label and suggests that the entitlement theory would be exposed to the same objection, if read in the same light. Furthermore the paper criticizes a conception of the Lockean advocated by the entitlement theory in the course of its objection to “patterned theories of justice” and questions the capacity of the entitlement theory to honour Kant's formula of the end in itself.
Patterned Theories of Justice; Nozick's Entitlement Theory of Justice; The Lockean Proviso; Distributive Justice; Kant's Formula of the Universal Law
239-249
Psarras, Haris
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Psarras, Haris
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Psarras, Haris (2010) A critique of Robert Nozick’s critique of patterned principles of justice. Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosphie, 96 (2), 239-249.

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This paper critically discusses an objection raised by Robert Nozick's entitlement theory of justice against the so-called patterned principles of distributive justice. The objection suggests that “patterned principles” treat objects as if they appeared from nowhere. The paper challenges the helpfulness of the schematic label “patterned principles”, shows that the objection raised by the entitlement theory flows from a misreading of the principles falling under that label and suggests that the entitlement theory would be exposed to the same objection, if read in the same light. Furthermore the paper criticizes a conception of the Lockean advocated by the entitlement theory in the course of its objection to “patterned theories of justice” and questions the capacity of the entitlement theory to honour Kant's formula of the end in itself.

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Published date: April 2010
Keywords: Patterned Theories of Justice; Nozick's Entitlement Theory of Justice; The Lockean Proviso; Distributive Justice; Kant's Formula of the Universal Law

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Local EPrints ID: 423827
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/423827
PURE UUID: b3597514-419a-43d0-9ec0-1c830a03b08c
ORCID for Haris Psarras: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2473-4335

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Date deposited: 02 Oct 2018 16:30
Last modified: 08 May 2020 00:44

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