Single Idea 18634

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / B. Equalities / 2. Political equality]

Full Idea

The prevailing view [of equal opportunity] only recognises differences in social circumstances, while ignoring differences in natural talents (or treating them as if they were a choice). This is an arbitrary limit on the theory's central intuition.

Gist of Idea

Equal opportunity arbitrarily worries about social circumstances, but ignores talents


Will Kymlicka (Contemporary Political Philosophy (1st edn) [1990], 3.2)

Book Reference

Kymlicka,Will: 'Contemporary Political Philosophy (1st edn)' [OUP 1992], p.57

A Reaction

Of course we (society) can do a lot about your social circumstances, but very little about your talents, other than to develop them or thwart them. Talented children need more than mere 'opportunity'.