The Concept of Justice: Is Social Justice Just?

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Feb 24, 2011 - Philosophy - 256 pages
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In The Concept of Justice, Patrick Burke explores and argues for a return to traditional ideas of ordinary justice in opposition to conceptions of 'social justice' that came to dominate political thought in the 20th Century. Arguing that our notions of justice have been made incoherent by the radical incompatibility between instinctive notions of ordinary justice and theoretical conceptions of social justice, the book goes on to explore the historical roots of these ideas of social justice. Finding the roots of these ideas in religious circles in Italy and England in the 19th century, Burke explores the ongoing religious influence in the development of the concept in the works of Marx, Mill and Hobhouse. In opposition to this legacy of liberal thought, the book presents a new theory of ordinary justice drawing on the thought of Immanuel Kant. In this light, Burke finds that all genuine ethical evaluation must presuppose free will and individual responsibility and that all true injustice is fundamentally coercive.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 The Problem of Justice
3
Chapter 2 Elements of the Problem
10
Chapter 3 The Origins of Social Justice
31
Chapter 4 The Socialistic Conception of Social Justice
58
Chapter 5 NonDiscrimination
93
Chapter 6 The Concept of Ethics
117
Chapter 7 The Concept of Justice
163
Chapter 8 Some Conclusions
193
A Note on Hegel Sittlichkeit and His Criticism of Kant
197
Acknowledgements
207
Notes
208
Bibliography
222
Index
235
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Thomas Patrick Burke is President of the Wynnewood Institute and former Professor of Religion at Temple University, USA.

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