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Critical Issues in Social Justice

The Belief in a Just World

A Fundamental Delusion

Authors: Lerner, Melvin

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The "belief in a just world" is an attempt to capmre in a phrase one of the ways, if not the way, that people come to terms with-make sense out of-find meaning in, their experiences. We do not believe that things just happen in our world; there is a pattern to events which conveys not only a sense of orderli­ ness or predictability, but also the compelling experience of appropriateness ex­ pressed in the typically implicit judgment, "Yes, that is the way it should be." There are probably many reasons why people discover or develop a view of their environment in which events occur for good, understandable reasons. One explanation is simply that this view of reality is a direct reflection of the way both the human mind and the environment are constructed. Constancies, patterns which actually do exist in the environment-out there-are perceived, represented symbolically, and retained in the mind. This approach cenainly has some validity, and would probably suffice, if it were not for that sense of "appropriateness," the pervasive affective com­ ponent in human experience. People have emotions and feelings, and these are especially apparent in their expectations about their world: their hopes, fears, disappointments, disillusionment, surprise, confidence, trust, despondency, anticipation-and certainly their sense of right, wrong, good, bad, ought, en­ titled, fair, deserving, just.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Belief in a Just World
Book Subtitle
A Fundamental Delusion
Authors
Series Title
Critical Issues in Social Justice
Copyright
1980
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4899-0448-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4899-0448-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-40495-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-0450-8
Series ISSN
1572-1906
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 210
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