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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Egalitarianism

Damir Banović

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 05 December 2021

Subject(s):
Egalitarianism — Comparative constitutional law — Dignity and autonomy of individuals — Equality — Economic, social, and cultural rights — Group rights — Individual rights — Natural rights — Caste systems — Discrimination — Indigenous communities

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1 Egalitarianism is a trend of thought in political philosophy. Equality, understood as the practical application of egalitarianism, is the principle that all people are or should be equal in certain relevant respects. 2 People should get the same, or be treated the same, or be treated as equals, in some respect (Arneson). Egalitarian doctrines tend to rest on a background idea that all human persons are equal in fundamental worth or moral status (Arneson). 3 The main endeavour of the following entry is to offer the reader insight into the selected theories of...
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