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Brocker I 854
Equality/Pettit: Pettit emphasizes the primal equality of all individuals, to whose protection the political sphere and the interventions of the state must contribute. (1)
"In order to be a free citizen, one must enjoy lack of control in such a spectrum of choice and on the basis of such state resources and protection that one is on an equal footing with others" (Pettit 2015 (2) and Pettit 2012 (3)).
It does not follow for Pettit that all individuals should be treated equally. On the contrary: unfavourable starting positions
Brocker I 855
and lack of equal opportunities must be compensated as far as possible. This can also include deep interference in the unimpeded material self-development of particularly privileged citizens, i.e. making group-specific restrictions on freedom necessary. Equality does not mean individual freedom of choice in every respect. (PettitVsLiberalism.)
Pettit himself describes this pattern of reasoning as "consequentialist". The conceptualisation of the granted state's regulatory potential is measured by the consideration of the consequences it will have for the creation of the greatest possible equality for each individual. (4)



1.Philip Pettit, Republicanism. A Theory of Freedom and Government, Oxford 1997, S. 110f
2. Philip Pettit Gerechte Freiheit. Ein moralischer Kompass für eine komplexe Welt, Berlin 2015, S. 98, vgl. S. 112
3. Philip Pettit, On the People’s Terms. A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy, Cambridge 2012. S. 90
4.Pettit 1997, S. 113

Emanuel Richter, „Philip Pettit, Republicanism“, in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018


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Pett I
Ph. Pettit
Just Freedom: A Moral Compass for a Complex World New York 2014

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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