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Can Limitarianism Be Justified? A Philosophical Analysis of Limits on the Distribution of Economic and Ecological Resources

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Project "FAIR LIMITS" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 2˙000˙000 €
 EC max contribution 2˙000˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-07-01   to  2022-06-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT NL (UTRECHT) coordinator 2˙000˙000.00


 Project objective

In contemporary normative political philosophy, questions of distributive justice have focused on meeting minimal needs of persons, prioritizing the worst-off and reducing inequalities. In philosophy, these views are called ‘sufficientarianism’, ‘prioritarianism’ and ‘egalitarianism’. The proposed project —Fair Limits— shifts the focus to ‘limitarianism’, the view that there should be upper limits on the distribution of valuable goods, and will investigate the plausibility of limitarianism in the area of economic and ecological resources. We will analyse whether such a view can be justified, that is, supported by robust philosophical argumentation, and what limitarian institutions could look like. Fair Limits will confront basic assumptions commonly used in liberal political philosophy, including claims about what account of the quality of life our social institutions should protect, which goods are scarce, the insatiability of human wants, the status of ecosystem resources, and the nature of the economic system and its distributive consequences. An important way in which the project examines these assumptions is to study the relevant arguments of non-liberal philosophers. The critiques of non-liberal philosophers on the liberal paradigm, in which Fair Limits is situated, will be actively solicited and will become an integral part of this project. Methodologically, Fair Limits will advance the state of the field by developing methods for applied or non-ideal political philosophy. This emerging paradigm asks not merely what the right normative principles are, but rather (1) what moral duties imply for political duties, (2) questions of transition (how we move to a less unjust world, and what role political philosophy should play in this process) and (3) who, in an unjust world, the agents of justice should be.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Tim Meijers, Ingrid Robeyns
Filantropie: conceptuele en ethische reflecties
published pages: 173-195, ISSN: , DOI:
Filantropie op de grens van overheid en markt 2020-03-05
2019 Sandrine Blanc, Tim Meijers
Firms and parental justice: should firms contribute to the cost of parenthood and procreation?
published pages: 1-27, ISSN: 0266-2671, DOI: 10.1017/s0266267119000014
Economics and Philosophy 2020-01-28
2019 Ingrid Robeyns
What, if Anything, is Wrong with Extreme Wealth?
published pages: 251-266, ISSN: 1945-2829, DOI: 10.1080/19452829.2019.1633734
Journal of Human Development and Capabilities 20/3 2020-01-28
2019 Ingrid Robeyns
Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better. By Rob Reich. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. 256p. $27.95 cloth.
published pages: 1175-1176, ISSN: 1537-5927, DOI: 10.1017/s1537592719003256
Perspectives on Politics 17/4 2020-01-28
2019 Dick Timmer
T.M. Scanlon, Why Does Inequality Matter? (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), 192 pages. isbn: 9780198812692. Hardback: £18.99.
published pages: 777-780, ISSN: 1740-4681, DOI: 10.1163/17455243-01606006
Journal of Moral Philosophy 16/6 2020-01-28
2018 Dick Timmer
“Book review of The Inheritance of Wealth. Justice, Equality, and the Right to Bequeath, by Daniel Halliday.”
published pages: 347-350, ISSN: 1370-0049, DOI: 10.2143/EP.25.2.3284950
Ethical Perspectives 25(2) 2019-05-23
2018 Dick Timmer
Defending the Democratic Argument for Limitarianism: A Reply to Volacu and Dumitru
published pages: , ISSN: 0048-3893, DOI: 10.1007/s11406-018-0030-6
Philosophia 2019-05-23
2018 Petra van der Kooij, Dick Timmer
Een rechtvaardige klimaattransitie: effectief, flexibel, en democratisch
published pages: 41-44, ISSN: , DOI:
Podium voor Bio-ethiek 25 (4) 2019-03-18
2017 Sem de Maagt, Ingrid Robeyns
Overerving en erfbelasting: een ethische analyse
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Ethische Annotaties 3 2019-03-12
2018 Ingrid Robeyns
Kwaliteit van leven in het Antropoceen
published pages: 31-33, ISSN: , DOI:
Podium voor Bio-ethiek 25 (4) 2019-03-12
2018 Ingrid Robeyns, Tanja van der Lippe, Vincent Buskens, Nina Vergeldt
Vinden Nederlanders dat er grenzen zijn aan rijkdom?
published pages: 399-402, ISSN: , DOI:
ESB 103 (4765) 2019-03-12

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