The Decent Society
How to be decent, how to build a decent society, emerges out of Margalit's analysis of the corrosive functioning of humiliation in its many forms. This is a deeply felt book that springs from Margalit's experience at the borderlands of conflicts between Eastern Europeans and Westerners, between Palestinians and Israelis.
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Most recent political theorists have concentrated on requirements for a just society, but the Israeli philosopher Margalit has a different idea. He asks what constitutes a decent society, "one whose ... Read full review
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Page 12 - And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. 'And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand : and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, king of the Jews!
Page 298 - University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, Indiana NOTES 1 . John Rawls, A Theory of Justice, (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1971). 2. For a discussion of an exception to this condition, see my book, The Demands of Justice (Notre Dame, In.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1980), pp. 40-42, 55-58. 3. For a more complete account of basic needs, see The Demands of Justice, pp. 51-55. 4. See Robert Nozick, Anarchy, State and Utopia (New...
Page 297 - Harold L. Wilensky, The Welfare State and Equality (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1975).
Page 9 - Margalit defines humiliation as: [A]ny sort of behavior or condition that constitutes a sound reason for a person to consider his or her self-respect injured.11 However, the notion of self-respect is ambiguous too.
Page 296 - Two Concepts of Liberty" in Berlin, Four Essays on Liberty (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1969), pp.