Adrian Walsh reviews 'The Inheritance of Wealth: Justice, equality, and the right to bequeath' by Daniel Halliday

Adrian Walsh reviews 'The Inheritance of Wealth: Justice, equality, and the right to bequeath' by Daniel Halliday

The Inheritance of Wealth: Justice, equality, and the right to bequeath

by Daniel Halliday

Oxford University Press, $61.95 hb, 235 pp, 9780198803355

To what extent does the social practice of inheritance undermine social justice? Indeed, if inheritance does further inequality, should we, in order to ensure a fairer society, restrict the right to bequeath?

A mainstay of political philosophy since the late seventeenth century, questions such as these were still vigorously debated in the public sphere in the early twentieth century. However, one hundred years later one rarely hears the topic raised in public debate, despite the fact that, as anthropologist David Graeber and many others have argued, inequality is once again on the rise, and demonstrably so.

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Adrian Walsh

Adrian Walsh

Adrian Walsh is Professor of Philosophy at the University of New England. He works mainly in political philosophy and the philosophy of economics. His most recent work is the edited collection The Ethical Underpinnings of Climate Economics.