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Sharing Job Resources: Ethical Reflections on the Justification of Basic Income
Analyse & Kritik (2000)
  • Jurgen De Wispelaere
Philippe Van Parijs’s ethical justification of basic income is based on the argument that job resources must be shared equally. Underlying this idea are two important claims: (1) all individuals in society hold an ex ante entitlement in job resources and (2) job resources are tradable. First, I present the real-libertarian argument for sharing job resources. Next, I identify and critically review three different objections against this view: the liability objection, the cooperation objection and the parasitism objection. I believe the parasitism objection poses a serious challenge to basic income, and argue that Van Parijs’s most plausible response - based on the idea that job resources are socially owned - is flawed. I provide the outline of an alternative normative basis for grounding a person’s ex ante entitlement to job resources using an institutionalist approach.
  • basic income,
  • reciprocity,
  • exploitation,
  • justice,
  • job assets,
  • employment rents
Publication Date
November, 2000
Citation Information
Jurgen De Wispelaere. "Sharing Job Resources: Ethical Reflections on the Justification of Basic Income" Analyse & Kritik Vol. 22 Iss. 2 (2000)
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