Tilstrækkelighed og retfærdig fordeling

  • Lasse Nielsen


The doctrine of sufficiency, originated by Harry Frankfurt, has over the past years grown into a prominent competitor to egalitarianism as the leading distributive ideal for political philosophy. This paper elaborates on the content of the doctrine of sufficiency as well as different ways to unfold it as a guiding principle for distributive justice. The paper distinguishes between: (i) hybrid-theories, which use sufficiency together with other distributive principles; (ii) vertical multiple-threshold theories, which identify several sufficiency thresholds on the same unified dimension; and (iii) horizontal multiple-threshold theories, which identify several distributive spheres each with their own sufficiency threshold. The paper argues that horizontal multiple-threshold theories are the most promising and defendable versions of the doctrine of sufficiency.