The Rawls-Nozick Exchange

The exchange between John Rawls and Robert Nozick is widely used as a basis for discussions surrounding equality by economists and other interested parties. The implicit context of this debate, however, is one in which all aspects of the identity of members of society remain unaltered in the process of social transformation, in which case the changes being considered are too trivial to act as a general framework for the evaluation of alternative states of equality. This exchange thus ends up becoming an obstacle to meaningful consideration of these issues.

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