On Inequality by Harry G. Frankfurt

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Read On Inequality Online Free - Economic inequality is one of the most divisive issues of our time. Yet few would argue that inequality is a greater evil than poverty. The poor suffer because they don't have enough, not because others have more, and some have far too much. So why do many people appear to be more distressed by the rich than by the poor?

In this provocative book, the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "On Bullshit" presents a compelling and unsettling response to those who believe that the goal of social justice should be economic equality or less inequality. Harry Frankfurt, one of the most influential moral philosophers in the world, argues that we are morally obligated to eliminate poverty--not achieve equality or reduce inequality. Our focus should be on making sure everyone has a sufficient amount to live a decent life. To focus instead on inequality is distracting and alienating.

At the same time, Frankfurt argues that the conjunction of vast wealth and poverty is offensive. If we dedicate ourselves to making sure everyone has enough, we may reduce inequality as a side effect. But it's essential to see that the ultimate goal of justice is to end poverty, not inequality.

A serious challenge to cherished beliefs on both the political left and right, "On Inequality" promises to have a profound impact on one of the great debates of our time.

Title : On Inequality
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ISBN : 1400873274
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 120 pages


Mirek rated it ★★★★☆

December 09, 2015

Harry Frankfurt’s “On Inequality” is a cogent and compelling argument against the commonly accepted assumption that economic equality is a morally compelling ideal. While it’s more of an essay than a book - it’ll take you an hour or two to finish - it’s long enough for Frankfurt to drive his poin...

Lauren rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 03, 2016

I’ve read some of Dr. Frankfurt’s other essays and very much enjoyed them. On Inequality, in contrast, reminded me of a person who comes into the middle of a conversation, doesn’t quite understand what the subject is and then argues against everyone else, all while missing the point. Inequality is...

Jon(athan) rated it ★★★★★

November 02, 2016

Excellent book that looks at inequality as the 'tree' that bears 'rotten fruit' when poverty is the 'root'; it is the root that nourishes the tree - to blame the fruit for being rotten is fail to establish what is the cause and what is the effect.

John rated it ★★★★★

August 29, 2016

Excellent read on the moral relevance of income inequality.

Jacob rated it ★★★★★

May 12, 2016

I'm a huge Miami Heat fan. Miami had a good team back in 1999, but the NBA and its players couldn’t agree on money. Consequently, the season was all but canceled. Our best player, Alonzo Mourning, wanted to help the poorer players survive the lockout. He hosted a charity basket ball game. The med...

Derek rated it ★★★★☆

March 26, 2017

Understanding that using overly convoluted language does not make a book art is often forgotten by some authors with great ideas. The ideas here are clearly communicated which makes the opinion sharper and stronger.

Nick rated it ★★★★☆

December 20, 2015

This book is really an expanded version of Frankfurt’s essay “Equality as a Moral Ideal,” with some new stuff about equality and respect. The original essay contains 75% of the ideas here for less than three-quarters of the price. Frankfurt’s book is a model of how public philosophy should work—by...

Lisa rated it ★★★☆☆

October 02, 2015

It takes no time at all to read this book, which was lying about on the coffee table because The Spouse is reading it for a philosophy essay he has to write. It's written in plain English and is only about 100 pages long. But I had a bad feeling about the ideas it presents, not least because ther...

Franck rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 08, 2015

interesting but not convincing. when at the beginning of final chapter frankfurt claims to be argueing outside ideology and dogma (what a presumptuous assertion) I strongly felt that I need to quit this, nevermind the brevity.

Aboozar rated it ★★★☆☆

January 01, 2017

Here's Branko Milanovic's review of the thesis (and later the book) which to me is the best critic one can have on Frankfurt's work on inequality: "For simplicity, I divide my argument into three parts. We are social beings. It was stated by Adam Smith very nicely that our needs vary in function of...

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