Is Sufficientarianism Sufficient? Prospects for the Sufficiency Threshold

dc.contributor.authorHiebert, Melissa
dc.contributor.supervisorWoodcock, Scott Frederick
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-01T22:42:28Z
dc.date.available2015-09-01T22:42:28Z
dc.date.copyright2015en_US
dc.date.issued2015-09-01
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Philosophyen_US
dc.degree.levelMaster of Arts M.A.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe 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.description.scholarlevelGraduateen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/6647
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rightsAvailable to the World Wide Weben_US
dc.subjectSufficientarianismen_US
dc.subjectMoral Philosophyen_US
dc.subjectDistributive Justiceen_US
dc.subjectGlobal Ethicsen_US
dc.titleIs Sufficientarianism Sufficient? Prospects for the Sufficiency Thresholden_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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