Responsibility for Justice
When the noted political philosopher Iris Marion Young died in 2006, her death was mourned as the passing of "one of the most important political philosophers of the past quarter-century" (Cass Sunstein) and as an important and innovative thinker working at the conjunction of a number of important topics: global justice; democracy and difference; continental political theo...more
Hardcover, 193 pages
Published January 19th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published 2006)
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Contemporary theories of justice typically focus on the problem of distribution and what John Rawls calls the "core institutions" of a well-ordered, democratic society. Young's book argues for expanding justice beyond basic social institutions to the "structure" of society. In doing so, she addresses the difficult question of collective responsibility for unjust social circumstances. Through a critical reading of Hannah Arendt's views on collective responsibility, Young engages and criticizes th...more