In this video, Dr. David Schmidtz examines the journey towards political equality. Equality is a genuine moral ideal. Each citizen has the right and responsibility to participate as equals in the life of a community. Schmidtz points out that the purpose of a race is to measure relative performance and declare a winner– but society is not a race. A society’s purpose is not to measure relative performance and declare a winner but simply to be a good place to live for everyone.
Additional Readings and Videos
Here are recommended readings and additional videos that could be added to a syllabus or lesson plan on this topic.
Books and Articles
Anderson, Elizabeth S. 1999. “What Is the Point of Equality?” Ethics 109: 287-337.
Schmidtz, David, and Harry Brighouse. 2019. Debating Education: Is There a Role for Markets? Oxford University Press