Somewhat related to that is my interest in seeing how Nozick's theory would play out in an egalitarian society. Doctor J said Nozick and Marx would just be like, "Agree to disagree then...," but I really am interested to see in particular how Marx would address natural differences causing respect and affirmation from society, as well as material gain. Does anyone have any ideas?
Friday, November 11, 2011
A meritocracy: material and societal gains due to merit.... or not.
Today we were discussing Nozick's Entitlement theory, and our example featured a meritocracy. In this theoretical meritocracy, Will Chamberlain receives a lot of money solely because of his "merit"--which include his talents and/or hard work. But his children receive that money when he dies. I think that my issue with this fact is not in the entitlement aspect. According to Nozick's transfer principle, it is absolutely just that Chamberlain's children receive his money. But our example featured a meritocracy. His children receive money not because of their talents or hard work, but because of that of their father. I think this really can't be paired with a meritocracy. By definition, this is not a meritocracy, because they haven't earned what they have by talent or hard work. I just can't get around that.
Posted by Aubrey Kearney at 12:19 PM