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Rawls and Piketty: the philosophical aspects of economic inequality

Goran Sunajko ()
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Goran Sunajko: The Miroslav Krleza Institute of Lexicography, Zagreb, Croatia and The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia

The Journal of Philosophical Economics, 2016, vol. 9, issue 2, 71-84

Abstract: This paper discusses a key contemporary problem, that of inequality. Certainly, the most visible inequality today is economic inequality, which is not only a characteristic found today, but is also the result of a long historical development. The problem arises when inequality becomes artificial (produces itself) and thus becomes a matter of social sciences and humanities. At this point, the question of economic inequality becomes a non-economic issue and thus opens the possibility of formulating such principles that will be able to reduce the issue to a minimum. This paper discusses this possibility, while referring to Thomas Piketty’s book on capital in relation to John Rawls’s principles of justice to which Piketty refers to.

Keywords: inequality; fairness; justice; Homo economicus; difference principle; egoist; sense of justice (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A13 D63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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