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Title: The Equality of Lotteries
Authors: Saunders, Ben
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Issue Date: Jul-2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press/ The Royal Institute of Philosophy
Citation: Saunders B (2008) The Equality of Lotteries, Philosophy, 83 (3), pp. 359-372.
Abstract: Lotteries have long been used to resolve competing claims, yet their recent implementation to allocate school places in Brighton and Hove, England led to considerable public outcry. This article argues that, given appropriate selection is impossible when parties have equal claims, a lottery is preferable to an auction because it excludes unjust influences. Three forms of contractualism are discussed and the fairness of lotteries is traced to the fact that they give each person an equal chance, as a surrogate for their equal claim to the good. It is argued that this can be a reason to favour an artificially- constructed lottery to a 'natural' lottery where there is suspicion that the latter may be biased.
Type: Journal Article
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Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Philosophy by Cambridge University Press and The Royal Institute of Philosophy, copyright 2008. Philosophy / Volume 83 / Issue 03 / July 2008 , pp 359-372; DOI:
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