A perfectionist basic structure

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When philosophers talk about perfectionism, it is usually as a view of well-being, of developing characteristically human capacities. Yet perfectionism can also be a normative account of what we owe to each other. This article argues that perfectionists have reason to endorse a perfectionist basic structure such that enables persons to develop and exercise their human capacities in meaningful ways. This basic structure has two complementary features: First, it enables a diversity of life experiences. Second, it provides a spatial opportunity structure that creates open-minded environments. Absent these features, rich or lucky individuals gain an unfair advantage in the sphere of opportunities for developing their capacities in meaningful ways.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhilosophy and Social Criticism
StatePublished - 2019


  • basic structure
  • human capacities
  • objective-list
  • opportunities
  • perfectionism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science


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