Spheres of justice : a defense of pluralism and equality (Book, 1983) [WorldCat.org]
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Spheres of justice : a defense of pluralism and equality

Spheres of justice : a defense of pluralism and equality

Author: Michael Walzer
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©1983.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Explains how diverse societies distribute such entities as education, citizenship, work, leisure time, honors, and love, as well as wealth and power, and argues that a just distribution necessitates an open egalitarianism.

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Walzer
ISBN: 0465081908 9780465081905 0465081894 9780465081899 0465081916 9780465081912
OCLC Number: 9016547
Description: xviii, 345 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Complex equality --
Pluralism --
A theory of goods --
Dominance and monopoly --
Simple equality --
Tyranny and complex equality --
Three distributive principles --
Free exchange --
Desert --
Need --
Hierarchies and caste societies --
The setting of the argument --
2. Membership --
Members and strangers --
Analogies: neighborhoods, clubs, and families --
Territory --
"White Australia" and the claim of necessity --
Refugees --
Alienage and naturalization --
The Athenian Metics --
Guest workers --
Membership and justice --
3. Security and welfare --
Membership and need --
Communal provision --
Athens in the fifth and fourth centuries --
A medieval Jewish community --
Fair shares --
The extent of provision --
An American welfare state --
The case of medical care --
A note on charity and dependency --
The examples of blood and money --
4. Money and commodities --
The universal pander --
What money can't buy --
Conscription in 1863 --
Blocked exchanges --
What money can buy --
The marketplace --
The world's biggest department store --
Washing machines, television sets, shoes, and automobiles --
The determination of wages --
Redistributions --
Gifts and inheritance --
Gift exchange in the Western Pacific --
The gift in the Napoleonic Code --
5. Office --
Simple equality in the sphere of office --
Meritocracy --
The Chinese examination system --
The meaning of qualification --
What's wrong with nepotism? --
The reservation of office --
The case of the American blacks --
Professionalism and the insolence of office --
The containment of office --
The world of the petty bourgeoisie --
Workers' control --
Political patronage --
6. Hard work --
Equality and hardness --
Dangerous work --
Grueling work --
The Israeli kibbutz --
Dirty work --
The San Francisco scavengers --
7. Free time --
The meaning of leisure --
Two forms of rest --
A short history of vacations --
The idea of the sabbath --
8. Education --
The importance of schools --
The Aztec "House of the Young Men" --
Basic schooling: autonomy and equality --
Hillel on the roof --
The Japanese example --
Specialized schools --
George Orwell's Schooldays --
Association and segregation --
Private schools and educational vouchers --
Talent tracks --
Integration and school busing --
Neighborhood schools --
9. Kinship and Love --
The distributions of affect --
Plato's Guardians --
Family and economy --
Manchester, 1844 --
Marriage --
The civic ball --
The idea of the "Date" --
The woman question --
10. Divine grace --
The wall between church and state --
The Puritan commonwealth --
11. Recognition --
The struggle for recognition --
A sociology of titles --
Public honor and the individual desert --
Stalin's Stakhanovites --
The Nobel Prize in literature --
Roman and other triumphs --
Punishment --
Ostracism in Athens --
Preventive detention --
Self-esteem and self-respect --
12. Political power --
Sovereignty and limited government --
Blocked uses of power --
Knowledge/power --
The ship of state --
Disciplinary institutions --
Property/power --
The case of Pullman, Illinois --
Democratic citizenship --
The Athenian lottery --
Parties and primaries --
13. Tyrannies and just societies --
The relativity and the non-relativity of justice --
Justice in the twentieth century --
Equality and social change.
Responsibility: Michael Walzer.


The distinguished political philosopher and author of the widely acclaimed Just and Unjust Wars analyzes how society distributes not just wealth and power but other social goods" like honor,  Read more...


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