Complex Justice, Cultural Difference, and Political Community

Joseph H. Carens

in Pluralism, Justice, and Equality

Published in print April 1995 | ISBN: 9780198280088
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599927 | DOI:
 Complex Justice, Cultural Difference, and Political Community

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Joseph Carens argues that Michael Walzer's account of the moral autonomy of political communities is not true to our shared understanding of justice. Drawing upon a wide range of cross‐cultural examples, he argues that our understanding of justice requires us sometimes to criticize institutions and policies of political communities that are culturally different to our own communities. Focusing on issues of gender and democracy, he also argues that the ‘we’ who make these judgements does not always correspond to the members of a political community but can be either wider or narrower.

Keywords: autonomy; cultural difference; democracy; gender; institutions; justice; membership; policy; political community; shared understanding

Chapter.  9156 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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