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ERIC Number: EJ1069812
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Luck, Choice, and Educational Equality
Calvert, John
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v47 n9 p982-995 2015
Harry Brighouse discusses two conceptions of educational equality. The first is a type of equality of opportunity, heavily influenced by the work of John Rawls, which he calls the meritocratic conception. According to this conception, an individual's educational prospects should not be influenced by factors such as their social class background. The other, radical conception, suggests a person's natural talents should not influence their educational prospects either. Brighouse favors the meritocratic conception, but this article argues that it is flawed and that the radical conception ought to be preferred. Although a superior conception of educational equality, the radical conception is still not quite right, so this article develops a luck egalitarian conception of educational equality. It is argued that this conception reflects much current thinking about equality and avoids some of the difficulties with Brighouse's two conceptions. Finally, two objections to a luck egalitarian conception are considered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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