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Taking risks behind the veil of ignorance

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https://doi.org/10.1086/690070
Abstract

© 2017 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved. A natural view in distributive ethics is that everyone’s interests matter, but the interests of the relatively worse off matter more than the interests of the relatively better off. I provide a new argument for this view. The argument takes as its starting point the proposal, due to Harsanyi and Rawls, that facts about distributive ethics are discerned from individual preferences in the “original position.” I draw on recent work in decision theory, along with an intuitive principle about risk taking, to derive the view.

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