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Single Idea 20279

[catalogued under 25. Society / C. Social Justice / 3. Social Equality / d. Economic equality]

Full Idea

Equality of opportunity is not an attractive ideal. It rewards the lucky, who inherit those abilities that allow them to pursue interesting and lucrative careers.

Gist of Idea

Equality of opportunity unfairly rewards those lucky enough to have great ability


Peter Singer (Practical Ethics [1979], 02)

A Reaction

He makes it sound like cheating. Singer has a highly individualistic view, but society as a whole needs the development of talent, wherever it can be found.

Book Reference

Singer,Peter: 'Practical Ethics' [CUP 1989], p.35