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How should we think, from the point of view of distributive justice, about inequalities in health and longevity? Norman Daniels’s influential account derives a social duty to reduce health inequalities from Rawls’s principle of fair equality of opportunity. This paper criticises Daniels’s approach and offers an alternative. To the extent that the basic structure of society shapes people’s opportunities to be healthy, we ought to think of ‘the social bases of health’ directly as a Rawlsian primary social good. The paper attempts to clarify the correct principle for its distribution, and its relationship to other goods that give rise to considerations of justice.
Author(s): Kniess J
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Social Theory and Practice
Online publication date: 01/10/2019
Acceptance date: 19/02/2019
Date deposited: 25/11/2019
ISSN (print): 0037-802X
ISSN (electronic): 2154-123X
Publisher: Florida State University
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