Lottery of birth

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The lottery of birth is a philosophical argument which states that since no one chooses the circumstances into which they are born, they should not be held responsible for them. (e.g. being rich, being poor, etc.).

The lottery of birth argument has been 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 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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