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The nature and limits of human equality

Author: John Charvet
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The value of equality as the basis for a just polity is fundamental to modern, western, liberal society's self-understanding. Yet, this book shows that the standard individualist justification for it is implausible and lacks coherence while recent discussions of equality tend to ignore the question of justification altogether. John Charvet adopts a wider perspective than usual by contrasting the modern liberal view  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Charvet
ISBN: 9781137329158 1137329157
OCLC Number: 858799787
Description: x, 188 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The Strange Neglect of the Basis of Equality in Contemporary Egalitarianism --
Ancient Ethics and the Transformation of Political Values in Early Modern Natural Law Theory --
The Individualist Ethical Justification of Equality and its Problems --
The Community as the Source of Individual Ethical Worth --
Communitarianism, Old and New --
Global Justice in the Contemporary Literature --
Liberal Communitarianism from a Global Perspective.
Responsibility: John Charvet, Emeritus Professor in Political Science London School of Economics, UK.
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The belief in equality as the basis of a just society is fundamental to the dominant western, liberal viewpoint. Yet, the standard individualist justification for it is weak and contradictory. This  Read more...

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