The indispensability of sufficientarianism
Publication year: 2018
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, published online. doi.org/10.1080/13698230.2018.1479817
In this paper, I argue that sufficientarian principles are indispensable in the set of principles that have bearing on issues in distributive ethics. I provide two arguments in favor of this claim. First, I argue that sufficientarianism is the only framework that allows us to appropriately analyze what sort of obligations we have toward individuals who are badly off due to their own faults and choices. Second, I argue that sufficientarianism is the only theory that provides an adequate framework for thinking about the desperately badly off.