Intra-Family Inequality and Justice

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In “The Pecking Order,” Dalton Conley argues that inequalities between siblings are larger than inequalities at the level of the overall society. Our article discusses the normative implications for institutions of this observation. We show that the question of state intervention for curbing intra-family inequality reveals an internal tension within liberalism between autonomy and toleration, which bears on the forms that the intervention of institutions may take. Despite the pros and cons of both commitments, autonomy-based liberalism appears more compatible with the involvement of the state for egalitarian reasons within the family than toleration-based liberalism.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDialogue-Canadian Philosophical Review
Volume51
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)437-466
Number of pages30
ISSN0012-2173
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

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