Journal article

Positional Goods and Upstream Agency

Daniel Halliday, Keith Hankins

Australasian Journal of Philosophy | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2020


Philosophical discussions of positional goods typically focus on parties competing for shares of such goods and on the inequalities among them that both shape and arise from these competitions. Less has been said about the actions of the various agents who shape the opportunities available to parties competing for positional goods. Such agents include suppliers of the goods in question, as well as those who instil value in these either directly or indirectly. This paper explores the complexity and normative significance of this more causally upstream agency with an emphasis on the role played by such agency in higher education. More specifically, we identify some of the forms taken by upstre..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Daniel Halliday's work on this paper was supported by a grant from the Center for Ethics and Education (grant ID# G4037/553300).