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Pluralism, Justice, and Equality

Edited by David Miller and Michael Walzer

Published in print April 1995 | ISBN: 9780198280088
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599927 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198280084.001.0001
Pluralism, Justice, and Equality

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The book contains a series of critical appraisals by political theorists of Michael Walzer's book Spheres of Justice. The main ideas of Walzer's work are summarized in the introduction, and Walzer himself replies to criticisms in the concluding chapter. Four main issues are addressed. First, does the interpretative approach to justice favoured by Walzer, which focuses on the shared understandings of political communities, allow him to obtain sufficient critical distance from the beliefs and practices of his own society? Second, is it possible to preserve separate ‘spheres of justice’ in which different social goods are distributed by different criteria, or do some goods— especially money—have a significance that blurs the boundaries between spheres? Third, can equality be achieved simply by keeping the spheres of justice separate, or does it require a more radical form of redistribution? Fourth, what role does democratic citizenship play in Walzer's theory of justice?

Keywords: citizenship; equality; interpretation; justice; political theory; redistribution; shared understanding; social goods; spheres of justice; Michael Walzer

Book.  318 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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Equality in Post‐Modern Times in Pluralism, Justice, and Equality

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Spherical Justice and Global Injustice in Pluralism, Justice, and Equality

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The Empirical Study of Justice in Pluralism, Justice, and Equality

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Justice Across the Spheres in Pluralism, Justice, and Equality

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Politics and the Complex Inequalities of Gender in Pluralism, Justice, and Equality

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Money and Complex Equality in Pluralism, Justice, and Equality

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Blocked Exchanges: A Taxonomy in Pluralism, Justice, and Equality

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Complex Equality in Pluralism, Justice, and Equality

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