Is equality valuable? This question dominates many discussions of social justice, which tend to center on whether certain forms of distributive equality are valuable, such as the equal distribution of primary social goods. But these discussions often neglect what is known as social or relational equality. Social equality suggests that equality is foremost about relationships and interactions between people, rather than being primarily about distribution. A number of philosophers have written about the significance of social equality, and it has also played an important role in real-life egalitarian movements, such as feminism and civil rights movements. However, as it has been relatively neglected in comparison to the debates about distributive equality, it requires much more theoretical attention. This volume brings together a collection of ten original essays which present new analyses of social and relational equality in philosophy and political theory. The essays analyze the nature of social equality, as well as its relationship to justice and politics.
Carina Fourie is Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Ethics Research Institute, Philosophy Department, University of Zurich. Fabian Schuppert is Research Fellow at the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, Queen's University Belfast. Ivo Wallimann-Helmer is Director of the program for Advanced Studies in Applied Ethics and Post-Doctoral Researcher in the University Research Priority Program for Ethics at the Centre for Ethics, University of Zurich.
David Miller - Foreword ; Contributors ; Carina Fourie, Fabian Schuppert, and Ivo Wallimann-Helmer - The Nature and Distinctiveness of Social Equality: An Introduction ; Part I: The Nature of Social Equality ; 1. Samuel Scheffler - The Practice of Equality ; 2. Marie Garrau & Cecile Laborde - Relational Equality, Non-Domination, and Vulnerability ; 3. John Baker - Conceptions and Dimensions of Social Equality ; 4. Carina Fourie -To Praise and to Scorn: The Problem of Inequalities of Esteem for Social Egalitarianism ; 5. Fabian Schuppert - Being Equals: Analyzing the Nature of Social Egalitarian Relationships ; Part II: The Relation between Equality, Justice and Politics ; 6. Andrew Mason - Justice, Respect, and Treating People as Equals ; 7. Christian Schemmel - Social Equality - or Just Justice? ; 8. Stefan Gosepath - The Principles and the Presumption of Equality ; 9. Rekha Nath - On the Scope and Grounds of Social Equality ; 10. Jonathan Wolff - Social Equality and Social Inequality ; Bibliography ; Index