Spheres of Justice: a Defense of Pluralism and Equality (Google eBook)

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Basic Books, 1983 - Cultural pluralism - 345 pages
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User Review  - DromJohn - LibraryThing

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

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User Review  - Mark Fitzpatrick - Goodreads

This was a really difficult book to read when I was an undergraduate. I took a course on Social Justice and this was one of the books we read. Without going into too much detail (much of which I am ... Read full review

Contents

Grueling Work
171
The Israeli Kibbutz
173
Dirty Work
175
The San Francisco Scavengers
178
Free Time
185
Two Forms of Rest
188
A Short History of Vacations
191
The Idea of the Sabbath
193

Hierarchies and Caste Societies
27
The Setting of the Argument
29
Membership
32
Neighborhoods Clubs and Families
36
Territory
43
White Australia and the Claim of Necessity
47
Refugees
49
Alienage and Naturalization
53
The Athenian Metics
54
Guest Workers
57
Membership and Justice
62
Security and Welfare
65
Communal Provision
69
Athens in the Fifth and Fourth Centuries
70
A Medieval Jewish Community
72
Fair Shares
76
The Extent of Provision
79
An American Welfare State
85
The Case of Medical Care
87
A Note on Charity and Dependency
92
The Examples of Blood and Money
94
Money and Commodities
96
What Money Cant Buy
98
Conscription in
99
Blocked Exchanges
101
What Money Can Buy
104
The Marketplace
109
The Worlds Biggest Department Store
111
Washing Machines Television Sets Shoes and Automobiles
113
The Determination of Wages
117
Redistributions
120
Gifts and Inheritance
124
The Gift in the Napoleonic Code
126
Office
130
Meritocracy
136
The Chinese Examination System
140
The Meaning of Qualification
144
Whats Wrong with Nepotism?
148
The Reservation of Office
149
The Case of American Blacks
152
Professionalism and the Insolence of Office
156
The Containment of Office
161
The World of the Petty Bourgeoisie
162
Political Patronage
163
Hard Work
166
Dangerous Work
169
Education
198
The Aztec House of the Young Men
201
Autonomy and Equality
202
The Japanese Example
205
Specialized Schools
207
George Orwells Schooldays
212
Association and Segregation
215
Private Schools and Educational Vouchers
218
Talent Tracks
221
Integration and School Busing
222
Neighborhood Schools
225
Kinship and Love
228
Platos Guardians
230
Family and Economy
233
Marriage
235
The Civic Ball
237
The Idea of the Date
238
The Woman Question
240
Divine Grace
244
The Wall between Church and State
246
The Puritan Commonwealth
247
Recognition
250
Public Honor and Individual Desert
260
Stalins Stakhanovites
263
The Nobel Prize in Literature
265
Roman and Other Triumphs
267
Punishment
269
Ostracism in Athens
271
Preventive Detention
272
SelfEsteem and SelfRespect
273
Political Power
282
Blocked Uses of Power
283
KnowledgePower
285
The Ship of State
286
Disciplinary Institutions
289
PropertyPower
292
The Case of Pullman Illinois
296
Democratic Citizenship
304
The Athenian Lottery
306
Parties and Primaries
307
Tyrannies and Just Societies
313
Justice in the Twentieth Century
317
Equality and Social Change
319
NOTES
324
INDEX
338
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