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Critical Issues in Social Justice

Justice

Views from the Social Sciences

Editors: Cohen, Ronald L. (Ed.)

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Ronald L. Cohen Justice is a central moral standard in social life. It is invoked in judging individual persons and in judging the basic structure of societies. It has been described as akin to a "human hunger or thirst" (Pascal, Pensees, cited in Hirschman, 1982, p. 91), "more powerful than any physical hunger, and endlessly resilient" (Pitkin, 1981, p. 349). The most prominent contemporary theory of justice proceeds from the claim that justice is "the first virtue of social institutions, as truth is systems of thought" (Rawls, 1971, p. 3). However, as the following chapters demonstrate, justice has a complex and controversial history. If, as has been claimed, justice is a central category of human thought and a central aspect of human motivation, can it also be the case that to invoke justice is no more than "banging on the table: an emotional expression which turns one's demand into an absolute postulate" (Ross, 1959, p. 274)? If justice is the first virtue of social institutions, can the concept of social or economic justice at the same time be "entirely empty and meaningless" so that any attempt to employ it is "either thoughtless or fraudulent" (Hayek, 1976, pp. xi-xii)? In a formal sense, justice concerns ensuring that each person receives what she or he is due.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Justice
Book Subtitle
Views from the Social Sciences
Editors
  • Ronald L. Cohen
Series Title
Critical Issues in Social Justice
Copyright
1986
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4899-3511-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4899-3511-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-42256-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-3513-7
Series ISSN
1572-1906
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 284
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