Ireland after the Celtic Tiger: A study in social injustice

Show simple item record Bufacchi, Vittorio
dc.contributor.editor Fischer, Clara
dc.contributor.editor Mahon, Áine 2021-05-04T11:57:07Z 2021-05-04T11:57:07Z 2019-12-16
dc.identifier.citation Bufacchi, V. (2020) 'Ireland after the Celtic Tiger: A study in social injustice', in Fischer, C. and Mahon, Á (eds) Philosophical Perspectives on Contemporary Ireland. New York: Routledge, pp. 88-108. en
dc.identifier.startpage 88 en
dc.identifier.endpage 108 en
dc.identifier.isbn 9780429199332
dc.description.abstract This chapter explores the philosophical nature of social injustice in contemporary Ireland. By appealing to four key concepts in contemporary political philosophy (poverty, domination, egalitarianism, prioritarianism), this chapter will expose the tension between Ireland’s strong economy, currently growing faster than any other country in the European Union, and the persistent unacceptable levels of poverty and inequality in all aspects of Irish society. There are three parts to the main thesis advanced in this chapter. First, to defend the political philosophy of egalitarianism from prioritarian critics. Secondly, to refute what is known in the literature as the Levelling-Down Objection to egalitarianism, according to which we ought to prefer a state of affairs where everyone is worse off as long as equality is maintained. Third, to suggest that Levelling-Down should not be seen as something objectionable, but merely as a much-needed correction. In the final part of the chapter, two possible solutions to the problem of inequality and social injustice in Ireland will be put forward: the introduction of a maximum income cap and a radical reassessment of Ireland’s historically entrenched assumption of the right to private property as an absolute right. en
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dc.publisher Routledge en
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dc.rights © 2020, Taylor & Francis. All rights reserved. This is an Accepted Manuscript of a chapter published by Taylor & Francis on 16 December 2020 in Fischer, C. and Mahon, Á (eds) Philosophical Perspectives on Contemporary Ireland, available online: en
dc.subject Equality en
dc.subject Social injustice en
dc.subject Poverty en
dc.title Ireland after the Celtic Tiger: A study in social injustice en
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dc.internal.authorcontactother Vittorio Bufacchi, Philosophy, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: en
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