Against Equality of Opportunity by Matt Cavanagh

By Matt Cavanagh

Nowadays nearly every person turns out to imagine it visible that equality of chance is at the very least a part of what constitutes a good society. while they're so imprecise approximately what equality of chance truly quantities to that it will probably start to appear like an empty time period, a handy shorthand for a way jobs (or for that topic collage locations, or positions of strength, or in simple terms areas at the neighborhood activities workforce) may be allotted, no matter what that occurs to be.
Matt Cavanagh deals a hugely provocative and unique new view, suggesting that the best way we predict approximately equality and chance could be significantly changed.

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Two concepts of meritocracy 33 2. Meritocracy as a way of rewarding desert 35 3. Meritocracy as hiring the best person for the job 43 4. Are employers obliged to hire the best people? 49 5. When being good at the job is not just a means to an end 54 6. Arguments for meritocracy that appeal to efficiency rather than fairness 63 7. Meritocracy in the public sector 69 8. Legitimate expectations 72 9. Should we be trying to promote merit indirectly? 77 10. Conclusions 78 PART 2. Equality 1. Equality and meritocracy 83 2.

Indeed, in the UK at least, it almost disappeared from mainstream political debate for the ten years between the mid-1980s and the mid-1990s. '' For my part, I have tried to pick the best egalitarian arguments from both politics and academic philosophy. This means, of course, that I cannot claim to offer a truly comprehensive survey. But one of the problems in trying to bring any kind of shape to the discussion is the fact that the idea of equality enters the debate in such a confusing variety of ways and places.

Of course, at this point it is possible to run a slippery slope argument: to argue that we can't keep chipping away at property rights without at some point threatening to undermine the very idea of private property. Suppose we elected a truly left-wing government, and it decided that people shouldn't be allowed to buy educational advantage for their children, to buy their way to the front of the queue for medical treatment, and soon. If it kept on adding to the list of things we weren't allowed to do, would there not come a point at which we would start to wonder whether there was any point in having money, if we couldn't use it to buy anything that really mattered to us?

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