Justice for Earthlings: Essays in Political Philosophy

Justice for Earthlings: Essays in Political Philosophy

by David Miller
     
 

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In the past few decades social changes have impacted how we understand justice, as societies become both more multicultural and more interconnected globally. Much philosophical thought, however, seems to proceed in isolation from these developments. While philosophers from Plato onwards have portrayed justice as an abstract, universal ideal, Miller argues that

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In the past few decades social changes have impacted how we understand justice, as societies become both more multicultural and more interconnected globally. Much philosophical thought, however, seems to proceed in isolation from these developments. While philosophers from Plato onwards have portrayed justice as an abstract, universal ideal, Miller argues that principles of justice are always rooted in particular social contexts, and connects these ideas to the changing conditions of human life. In this important contribution to political philosophy, it is argued that philosophers need to pay more attention to the way that people actually think about what's fair, and only defend principles that are feasible to apply in the real world. To understand equality of opportunity, for example, we must explore the cultural constraints that people face when presented with life choices. Justice for Earthlings also explains how national boundaries make justice at global level different from social justice.

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"Any reader of Miller's essays who, like me, is not a philosopher, is likely to be struck by the subtlety and sophistication of the philosophers' arguments."
London Review of Books

"Justice for Earthlings offers an engaging analysis of a wide range of pressing normative issues. The book is first and foremost a strong plea for theories of justice that are not just theoretically sophisticated but practically relevant. Justice has an important place in the human form of life, and is of more than just theoretical interest. This message can only be applauded."
Sem de Maagt, Economics and Philosophy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107613751
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
384,793
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

David Miller is Professor of Political Theory and an Official Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy.

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