Justice

Justice

by Harry Brighouse, Michael Harry Brighouse
     
 

Justice is a concise and accessible introduction to the central theories of justice in contemporary political theory. The book aims to provide readers with a clear understanding of the theories and the main objections to them, as well as showing how these theories engage with one another.

It offers detailed accounts of John Rawls’s theory of justice

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Overview

Justice is a concise and accessible introduction to the central theories of justice in contemporary political theory. The book aims to provide readers with a clear understanding of the theories and the main objections to them, as well as showing how these theories engage with one another.

It offers detailed accounts of John Rawls’s theory of justice as fairness; the alternative ‘capabilities approach’ developed by Nobel-prize winning economist Amartya Sen; the libertarian theories of Milton Friedman and Robert Nozick; the ‘group-rights’ based theory of Will Kymlicka; and Nancy Fraser’s theory of participatory parity. The book also includes extensive discussions of the nature and purpose of political theorizing, and it asks whether theories of justice should take only social institutions as their subject, or should also comment on personal motivations and behaviour.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Justice is lively, forcefully argued and clearly written. It contains critical expositions of Rawls's liberal egalitarianism and its main competitors. Brighouse writes with flair, using homespun examples as well as examples from contemporary politics. He shows a solid understanding of the complexities of achieving justice in the real world.’ David Copp, University of Florida

‘Harry Brighouse sets out the main lines of contemporary thinking about justice with clarity and insight. The key theories and the most telling objections to them are thoroughly explores and connected to a range of policy issues in a manner that is both accessible to students and engaging for specialists.’ Christopher Bertram, University of Bristol

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745625959
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/14/2005
Series:
Polity Key Concepts in the Social Sciences Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Harry Brighouse is Professor of Philosphy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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