Non-domination, non-alienation and social equality: towards a republican understanding of equality

Fabian Schuppert

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    The republican idea of non-domination stresses the importance of certain social relationships for a person’s freedom, showing that freedom is a social-relational state. While the idea of freedom as non-domination receives a lot of attention in the literature, republican theorists say surprisingly little about equality. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to carve out the contours of a republican conception of equality.. In so doing, I will argue that republican accounts of equality share a significant normative overlap with the idea of social equality. However, closer analysis of Philip Pettit’s account of ‘expressive egalitarianism’ (which Pettit sees as inherently connected to non-domination) and recent theories of social equality shows that republican non-domination – in contrast to what Pettit seems to claim – is not sufficient for securing (republican) social equality. In order to secure social equality for all, republicans would have to go beyond non-domination.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)440-455
    JournalCritical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
    Issue number4
    Early online date19 Jun 2015
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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