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Martin O'Neill and Shepley Orr: Introduction Part I. On the Tax System: Normative and Conceptual Questions 1: Alan Hamlin: What Political Philosophy Should Learn from Economics about Taxation 2: Marc Fleurbaey: Welfarism, Libertarianism, and Fairness in the Economic Approach to Taxation 3: Geoffrey Brennan: Striving for the Middle Ground: Taxation, Justice and the Status of Private Rights 4: Laura Biron: Taxing or Taking: Property Rhetoric and the Justice of Taxation 5: Peter Vallentyne: Libertarianism and Taxation 6: Alexander Cappelen and Bertil Tungodden: Tax Policy and Fair Inequality 7: Veronique Munoz-Darde and M. G. F. Martin: Beggar Your Neighbour (Or Why You Do Want to Pay Your Taxes) Part II. Tax Policy and Forms of Taxation: Philosophical Issues 8: Barbara Fried: The Case for a Progressive Benefits Tax 9: Stuart White: Moral Objections to Inheritance Tax 10: Iain McLean: The Politics of Land Value Taxation 11: Peter Dietsch: The State and Tax Competition: a Normative Perspective 12: Gillian Brock and Rachel McMaster: Global Taxation and Accounting Arrangements: Some Normatively Desirable and Feasible Policy Recommendations

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Martin O'Neill is Senior Lecturer in Political Philosophy at the University of York. He is co-editor (with Thad Williamson) of Property-Owning Democracy: Rawls and Beyond (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). Shepley Orr is Lecturer in the Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering in the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences, and an affiliate member of the UCL Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health.


Theories of distributive justice have enormous implications for tax systems. Yet the topic of taxation itself has rarely been given systematic attention by philosophers. This timely and important volume is the first edited collection on philosophical approaches to taxation and sets a very high standard. It contains contributions from leading interdisciplinary political philosophers, who provide a range of rigorously argued perspectives both on general questions of the justification of taxation, and on the desirability of specific taxes. Showing that it is far from an abstract or merely technical issue, this essential volume makes a powerful case that taxation is a central concern for distributive justice. * Professor Jonathan Wolff, Blavatnik Professor of Public Policy, University of Oxford *
Taxes are more than arithmetic; they inevitably raise questions of values. Yet, with few exceptions, philosophers have left taxes to economists and politicians. This excellent volume brings together a range of values, viewpoints and considerations that bear on taxes in general and in specific cases. It should be widely read by philosophers as well as by anyone interested in understanding what's at stake in our debates about taxes. * Professor Debra Satz, Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society and Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University *
Myths, slogans, ideology - few topics are less understood than tax, and yet few areas of policy are more important for realizing justice. In this book experts from several disciplines interrogate taxation, from its philosophical foundations to how we should change our laws today. Rich in ideas, this collection will be essential for everyone who wants to understand what taxation really is and how it can be done right. * Professor Leif Wenar, Chair of Philosophy and Law, King's College London *

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