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Introduction: Contextual Political Theory, Comparative Perspectives, and Justice as Evenhandedness

Joseph H. Carens

in Culture, Citizenship, and Community

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198297680
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598937 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198297688.003.0001
Introduction: Contextual Political Theory, Comparative Perspectives, and Justice as Evenhandedness

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Describes the methodological approach of the book and provides a summary overview of the other chapters. The methodological section explains what contextual political theory means and why it is useful; it advocates a comparative approach that helps us to see the range of the morally permissible by paying attention to a wide variety of cases in different states; and it introduces, explains, and defends the concept of justice as evenhandedness. The chapter also provides a brief account of the presuppositions about culture and identity that underlie the analysis.

Keywords: comparative analysis; contextual political theory; culture; identity; justice; moral permissibility

Chapter.  9621 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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