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ERIC Number: EJ786660
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
From Adam Swift to Adam Smith: How the "Invisible Hand" Overcomes Middle Class Hypocrisy
Tooley, James
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v41 n4 p727-741 Nov 2007
This paper challenges Richard Pring's suggestion that parents using private education may be undermining the desire for social justice and equality, using recent arguments of Adam Swift as a springboard. Swift's position on the banning of private schools, which uses a Rawlsian "veil of ignorance" argument, is explored, and it is suggested that, if equality of opportunity is a major aim, it does not go far enough by permitting parental partiality. If the only alternative is a Platonic state, then this may be acceptable. But a neglected third scenario, drawing on the insights of Adam Smith, shows "self-love" to be a valuable social virtue, leading to a more favourable resolution of the "paradox of the shipwreck" than that explored by Swift. Pointers are given to evidence from developing countries and a more detailed "veil of ignorance" argument to support this case.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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