Can Why did Nozick use differential (not different) in 'differential entitlements' and 'differential deserts'? be salved? I've rewritten it to focus on Nozick's diction.


I imagine the reason Nozick used "differential" in the following phrase

past circumstances or actions of people can create differential entitlements or differential deserts to things

rather than "different" is due to his rhetorical style. I would have used the word "different" but I prefer shorter words.

However, the concern is whether the question can be saved.

When I read the question I asked myself, What difference would it make if Nozick used the other word? I couldn't see any real difference. Then I wondered why the question was being asked. Perhaps addressing that may save the question: In what way does it matter, from a philosophical perspective, which word he used?

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