Against Equality of Opportunity

Against Equality of Opportunity

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These days almost everyone seems to think it obvious that equality of opportunity is at least part of what constitutes a fair society. At the same time they are so vague about what equality of opportunity actually amounts to that it can begin to look like an empty term, a convenient shorthand for the way jobs (or for that matter university places, or positions of power, or merely places on the local sports team) should be allocated, whatever that happens to be.
Matt Cavanagh offers a highly provocative and original new view, suggesting that the way we think about equality and opportunity should be radically changed.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 11mm | 280g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199265488
  • 9780199265480
  • 2,283,388

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. Meritocracy ; 3. Equality ; 4. Discrimination ; 5. Conclusions ; References, Index
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Review quote

This book is an ambitious and provocative challenge to meritocracy and equality, two foundations of equality theory. In questioning and opposing the prevailing account of what constitutes appropriate employment opportunity, Matt Cavanagh provides a refreshing, and at times disquieting critique of broader anti-discrimination jurisprudence. * The Cambridge Law Journal * The book fully lives up to its provocative title. In the horse-trading of meritocracy versus equality, few have had the nerve and imagination to throw out both these ideals at once. * Nicholas Fearn, The Spectator *
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About Matt Cavanagh

Matt Cavanagh was Lecturer in Philosophy at St Catherine's College, Oxford, 1996-2000.
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