chapter  2
12 Pages

“On the Value of Distributional Equality”


Hillel Steiner’s work never fails to inspire and challenge, and this is true even of those who, like me, take issue with his views. We disagree about two pillars of much political theorising: liberty and equality. Hillel affi rms, and I dispute, the intrinsic value of pure negative liberty and of its equal distribution. He argued against my view and I replied briefl y before.1 The following pages deal with only one of these issues. They offer an argument against the intrinsic value of distributive equality in sections 3 and 4, to which the preceding sections serve as an introduction.