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Moral Equality: Article of Faith

Mcbride, David (2017). Moral Equality: Article of Faith. PhD thesis The Open University.

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In the first part of this thesis I demonstrate that the best arguments we have for the equal moral worth of all human beings are incorrigibly defective. This is a problem because many people hold that equality between persons in the political, legal and social realms depends on and is justified by their equal value in the moral realm. I solve the problem in the second part of my thesis by developing an account of human worth which cuts the chain of dependency so that political, legal and social equality needn’t hang on moral equality. The result is an account of human value as neither equal nor unequal and which preserves and satisfies the spirit of moral and political egalitarianism. What is that spirit? That everyone matters and no-one more than any other.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Author
Keywords: moral equality; moral value; moral status; moral worth; Christine Korsgaard; John Rawls; range properties; basic equality; moral persons; basis properties; Jeremy Waldron
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Item ID: 50735
Depositing User: David Mcbride
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2017 12:15
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 14:33
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