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Social justice and public policy: a view from political philosophy

Wolff Jonathan

in Social justice and public policy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349347
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303404 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349347.003.0002
Social justice and public policy: a view from political philosophy

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This chapter uses a political philosophy view to examine social justice and public policy, and is divided into four main sections. It first surveys the current state of debate on equality and social justice in political philosophy. This is followed by a study of some topics within social policy, while focusing particularly on the issue of disability. The third section suggests a way forward, by combining the suspension of some philosophical disputes and the enrichment of philosophical conceptual vocabulary. The fourth and final section reviews the advantages for political philosophy and social policy of taking such an approach.

Keywords: political philosophy; public policy; equality; social justice; disability; philosophical disputes; conceptual vocabulary

Chapter.  6262 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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