Lookup NU author(s): Dr Johannes Kniess
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When is it fair that some people are less healthy than others due to their own individual choices and preferences? In this paper, I explore two alternative answers. The first is a luck-egalitarian account that holds people responsible for choices that society could have reasonably expected them to avoid. I argue that this account is indeterminate and go on to sketch an alternative proposal based on Rawls’s idea of a “social division of responsibility.” This latter approach connects the notion of responsibility for health to the social conditions under which health-related behaviour is developed.
Author(s): Kniess J
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Les ateliers de l'éthique
Online publication date: 20/06/2019
Acceptance date: 23/04/2019
Date deposited: 25/11/2019
ISSN (electronic): 1718-9977
Publisher: Centre de recherche en éthique de l’Université de Montréal
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