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date: 21 June 2018

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In contemporary American philosophy, liberalism, as opposed to libertarianism, or classical liberalism, is understood to have an egalitarian distributive commitment. That is, in addition to the protection of the basic liberties of persons, liberal justice serves also to regulate social and economic inequalities between them. It is with this economic aspect of liberal equality that this article is concerned, rather than liberal equality in the more general and abstract sense of equal concern for persons. The article focuses on the internal debate; specifically, it surveys three fundamental questions of liberal equality that have received considerable attention in the literature.

Keywords: American philosophy, liberalism, liberal equality, distributive commitment, economic inequalities, social inequalities

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