Approximate Justice: Studies in Non-ideal Theory

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1997 - Law - 185 pages
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In this book, distinguished philosopher George Sher explores the normative moral and social problems that arise from living in a decidedly non-ideal world_a world that contains immorality, evil, and injustice, and in which resources (including knowledge) are often inadequate. Sher confronts difficult issues surrounding preferential treatment and equal opportunity, compensatory justice and punishment, the allocation of goods by lottery, and abortion and moral compromise. In each case, Sher asks not what an ideal society would involve, but how we should deal with failures to live up to individual or social ideals. Challenging current academic orthodoxy, Sher's work is sure to incite discussion among students and scholars alike. Approximate Justice is an engaging and provocative book that will excite anyone with interest in social and political philosophy, justice, and law.
 

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Ancient Wrongs and Modern Rights
15
Compensation and Transworld Personal Identity
29
Justifying Reverse Discrimination in Employment
45
Groups and Justice
55
Effort Ability and Personal Desert
65
Preferential Treatment the Future and the Past
79
Right Violations and Injustices Can We Always Avoid TradeOffs?
97
Our Preferences Ourselves
111
Predicting Performance
127
What Makes a Lottery Fair?
143
Subsidized Abortion Moral Rights and Moral Compromise
155
Deserved Punishment Revisited
165
Index
181
About the Author
185
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In Praise of Blame
George Sher
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About the author (1997)

George Sher is professor of philosophy at Rice University. He is the author of Beyond Neutrality: Perfectionism and Politics (Cambridge, 1997) and Desert (Princeton, 1989), and the coeditor of Moral Philosophy: Selected Readings and Reason at Work: Introductory Readings in Philosophy (both from Harcourt Brace Jovanovich).

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