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Justice : Oxford Readings in Politics and Government - Alan Ryan


Oxford Readings in Politics and Government

By: Alan Ryan (Editor)

Paperback Published: 22nd April 1993
ISBN: 9780198780380
Number Of Pages: 208

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This collection of essays by philosophers, political theorists, and social critics ranges over two millennia--from the ideas of Plato and Aristotle to those of contemporary thinkers such as John Rawls and Robert Nozick. It examines the nature of justice, its importance in human life, and its place among the other virtues. The scope of the collection gives a clear picture of the differences and continuities that have marked the debate: Plato's emphasis on the ideal of "sticking to one's task" contrasts with the modern emphasis on individual rights, while the account of justice as part of the law of nature offered by Aristotle and Cicero contrasts with Hume's analysis of justice as an artificial virtue. Alan Ryan's introductory essay emphasizes the stringency of justice--showing how its demands can conflict with considerations of the general welfare. The book concludes with a discussion of Marx's view that justice is perhaps merely a concession to a world of scarcity and selfishness created by capitalist necessities. An excellent guide to interpretations of one of the central values of political life and thought, this book will interest students and scholars of political theory and philosophy.

Industry Reviews

`Excellent introductory text.' P. Johnson, University of Southampton `With this addition to the series, Oxford Readings in Politics and Government continues to serve students of political theory well.' Political Studies `An outstanding book - as one would expect from the Editor.' Philip Bean, University of Loughborough

The Republic
Nicomachean Ethics
de Officiis
An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals
On the Connection between Justice and Utility
Distributive Justice
Distributive Justice
`Social' or Distributive Justice
Critique of the Gotha Programme
Justice and Rights
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ISBN: 9780198780380
ISBN-10: 0198780389
Series: Oxford Readings in Politics and Government
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 22nd April 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.28