Utopianism as a Rationale for Egalitarianism

Gnosis 7 (1):1-11 (2003)
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My aim in this paper is to demonstrate that actual egalitarian social practices are unsustainable in most circumstances, thus diffusing Cohen’s conundrum by providing an ‘out’ for our rich egalitarian. I will also try to provide a balm for the troubles produced by continuing inequality, by showing how embracing a common conception of utopia can assist a society in its efforts towards establishing egalitarian practices. Doing so will first require an explanation of how giving, like any social practice, can be thought of in terms of being externally suggested, internally willed, or some combination of the two.
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