The quotation “… all men are created equal…” is part of the United States Declaration of Independence.” What the U.S. declared was that our society is not hierarchical. Our society is not based on class or caste system. Today, we expect equal treatment for all under the law. In this video, Dr. David Schmidtz examines how liberal equality recognizes that various dimensions of moral worth can also be affected by our choices.
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
Frankfurt, Harry. 1987. “Equality as a Moral Ideal,” Ethics 98: 21-43.
Holmgren, Margaret. 1986. “Justifying Desert Claims: Desert and Opportunity,” Journal of Value Inquiry 20: 265-78. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00146116
Schmidtz, David, and Jason Brennan. 2010. A Brief History of Liberty (New York: Wiley Blackwell).