Is Sufficientarianism Sufficient? Prospects for the Sufficiency Threshold

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dc.contributor.author Hiebert, Melissa
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-01T22:42:28Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-01T22:42:28Z
dc.date.copyright 2015 en_US
dc.date.issued 2015-09-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/6647
dc.description.abstract The central doctrine of sufficientarianism is that there is a certain threshold below which people are said to be objectively "badly-off," and that providing benefits to people who fall into this category has a special moral urgency. A big part of sufficientarianism's success as a theory, then, relies on the ability to define the threshold in a manner that is non-arbitrary and that justifies a large difference in moral consideration between people who are on opposite sides of the threshold. This thesis examines some attempts to define such a threshold, and eventually concludes that no such threshold is available to us. However, while sufficientarianism may not work as a theory, sufficiency thresholds remain useful due to their practical ability to give useful instruction to policy makers in order to assist in resource distribution and the promotion of social justice. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Sufficientarianism en_US
dc.subject Moral Philosophy en_US
dc.subject Distributive Justice en_US
dc.subject Global Ethics en_US
dc.title Is Sufficientarianism Sufficient? Prospects for the Sufficiency Threshold en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Woodcock, Scott Frederick
dc.degree.department Department of Philosophy en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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