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Liberalism, Childhood and JusticeEthical Issues in Upbringing$
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Tim Fowler

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529201635

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529201635.001.0001

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Children’s Distributive Outcomes: Equality of Opportunity?

Children’s Distributive Outcomes: Equality of Opportunity?

(p.149) 13 Children’s Distributive Outcomes: Equality of Opportunity?
Liberalism, Childhood and Justice

Timothy Fowler

Timothy Fowler

Policy Press

In this chapter, I consider the extent to which my account supports equality of opportunity, understood roughly in the Rawlsian sense known as FEO (Fair Equality of Opportunity). FEO seems inconsistent with the priority view defended in Section 2. However, I argue there are powerful reasons of justice to think that justice requires limiting the ability of parents to pass on economic advantages to their children. I show an argument for equalising opportunity flows from my account of children’s wellbeing. I argue that children’s social relations with one another are dependent upon FEO, and in particular that children interact with the world as agents. This means that their lives take the shape they do because of their own actions and abilities.

Keywords:   Equality of opportunity, school choice, education funding

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