Spheres Of Justice: A Defense Of Pluralism And Equality

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Basic Books, Aug 5, 2008 - Political Science - 364 pages
The distinguished political philosopher and author of the widely acclaimed Just and Unjust Wars analyzes how society distributes not just wealth and power but other social “goods” like honor, education, work, free time—even love.
 

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Walzer argues in favour of an idea he calls "complex equality", and against the view that goods with different meaning and content can be lumped together into the larger category of primary goods, as is advocated by John Rawls, in his A Theory of Justice (1971). Read full review

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Real world philosophy rather than the ivory tower justice of Rawls, Walzer separates the world into spheres where justice is distributed differently in each sphere, with many real world examples ... Read full review

Contents

Membership
31
Security and Welfare
64
Fair Shares
75
An American Welfare State
84
A Note on Charity and Dependency
91
What Money Cant Buy
97
What Money Can Buy
103
The Determination of Wages
116
Professionalism and the Insolence of Office
155
Hard Work
165
Free Time
184
Education
197
Kinship and Love
227
Divine Grace
243
Political Power
281
Democratic Citizenship
303

Gifts and Inheritance
123
Office
129
Meritocracy
135
The Meaning of Qualification
143
Justice in the Twentieth Century
316
INDEX
337
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Page 19 - In formal terms, complex equality means that no citizen's standing in one sphere or with regard to one social good can be undercut by his standing in some other sphere, with regard to some other good. Thus, citizen X may be chosen over citizen Y for political office, and then the two of them will be unequal in the sphere of politics. But they will not be unequal generally so long as X's office gives him no advantages over Y in any other sphere — superior medical care, access to better schools for...

About the author (2008)

Michael Walzer is Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, and the author of many widely heralded books, including Spheres of Justice, Exodus and Revolution, and The Company of Critics, all available from Basic Books. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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