Inheritance of Wealth : Justice, Equality, and the Right to Bequeath, Hardback Book


Daniel Halliday examines the moral grounding of the right to bequeath or transfer wealth.

He engages with contemporary concerns about wealth inequality, class hierarchy, and taxation, while also drawing on the history of the egalitarian, utilitarian, and liberal traditions in political philosophy.

He presents an egalitarian case for restricting inherited wealth, arguing that unrestricted inheritance is unjust to the extent that it enables and enhances theintergenerational replication of inequality.

Here, inequality is understood in a group-based sense: the unjust effects of inheritance are principally in its tendency to concentrate certain opportunities into certain groups.

This results in what Halliday describes as 'economic segregation'.

He defends a specificproposal about how to tax inherited wealth: roughly, inheritance should be taxed more heavily when it comes from old money.

He rebuts some sceptical arguments against inheritance taxes, and makes suggestions about how tax schemes should be designed.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Ethics & moral philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780198803355


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