PHIL 2810 Lecture Notes - Universal Health Care

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Published on 18 Apr 2013
School
Dalhousie University
Department
Philosophy
Course
PHIL 2810
January 17th, 2013
January-17-13
10:17 AM
Nielson: Justice and fairness
If you set up a process or procedure which is fair, then whatever results from that is a theory of
justice
Such as setting up a fair process behind the veil of ignorance
Objections and replies
Health care is special for other reasons
o Idea that in fact pain and suffering are bad within themselves, not just because they may
limit our opportunities
o Valuable because it prevents suffering
o Can be special for many reasons, as long as at least one limits us in some way
The fair equality of opportunity is too vague
o Hard to pick out what interferes with our fair share of the opportunity range
o Is it normal for us to be astronauts or live in a mansion if we want to?
o This vagueness allows Daniels to get around rawl's age bias in his presentation in it
For example, if you're 92, you aren't trying to get that job, so we don't really need to
give you the fair shot at it because you're so old
The fair share of the opportunity range allows you to circumvent that, because with it
in mind, it's not in the fair share of the opportunity range for a 92 year old to have
that job
The fair equality of opportunity account is too strong
o A worry with this is that health care is not only expensive, but also expansive, and we may
suddenly be committed to provide all these people with all these new technologies
o His account doesn't claim a flat out right to health care, you have to qualify for it to meet it
(relative to the resources that your society has available)
Basically remembering the concept that Daniel's veil of ignorance is thinner than
Rawls'
Summing up Daniels
Read paper
Nielson - Just health care system
Task
o To provide social institutions that respect the moral equality of all people and allow all
people the freedom to direct their own lives
Liberty is not in conflict with equality, rather, it depends on equality
How free are you really is some of the basic conditions (hunger, literacy, ect.) have not been met?
o So in order to have meaningful freedom, we need to have that commitment to equality
Nielson - What is a need?
B needs X in order to Y
Nielson
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If you set up a process or procedure which is fair, then whatever results from that is a theory of justice. Such as setting up a fair process behind the veil of ignorance. Health care is special for other reasons. The fair equality of opportunity is too vague: hard to pick out what interferes with our fair share of the opportunity range, this vagueness allows daniels to get around rawl"s age bias in his presentation in it. For example, if you"re 92, you aren"t trying to get that job, so we don"t really need to give you the fair shot at it because you"re so old. The fair share of the opportunity range allows you to circumvent that, because with it in mind, it"s not in the fair share of the opportunity range for a 92 year old to have that job. Basically remembering the concept that daniel"s veil of ignorance is thinner than.

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