Lottery of birth

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The lottery of birth is a philosophical argument that states: since no one chooses where they are born, they should not be held responsible for something that is beyond their control (e.g. being rich, being poor, etc.).

The lottery of birth argument was sometimes used by philosophers such as John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. More modern day uses have been prompted by political theorists such as John Rawls, who explores the subject more in depth in his book A Theory of Justice.

The Lottery of Birth is also the first episode in a documentary series called Creating Freedom, directed by Raoul Martinez and Joshua van Praag.[1]


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