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Single Idea 18639

[catalogued under 25. Society / E. State Functions / 2. Taxation]

Full Idea

If we can make sense of a hypothetical insurance market, and find a determinate answer to the question of what insurance people would buy in it, then we could use the tax system to duplicate the results.

Gist of Idea

If we assess what people would buy in an imaginary insurance market, our taxes could copy it


report of Ronald Dworkin (A Matter of Principle [1985]) by Will Kymlicka - Contemporary Political Philosophy: Intro 2.4.b

Book Reference

Kymlicka,Will: 'Contemporary Political Philosophy: an Intro' [OUP 1992], p.79

A Reaction

This is a nice alternative from Dworkin to Rawls's 'veil of ignorance' approach.

Related Idea

Idea 19800 The social compact imposes conventional equality of rights on people who may start unequally [Rousseau]