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Impartiality in Context - Grounding Justice in a Pluralist World (Paperback, New): Shane O'Neill
Impartiality in Context - Grounding Justice in a Pluralist World (Paperback, New): Shane O'Neill

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Impartiality in Context - Grounding Justice in a Pluralist World (Paperback, New)

Shane O'Neill

Series: SUNY series in Social and Political Thought

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Assesses critically the work of Rawls, Walzer, and Habermas and presents a theory of justice that responds to two senses of pluralism.

"Shane O'Neill's book is an interesting analysis of Rawl's and Waltzer's theories of justice and Habermas's discourse ethics. Its major contribution is to defend the superiority of Habermas's approach against those of Rawls and Walzer and to bring the feminist literature into the discussion of the connections between these three theorist". -- Georgia Warnke, University of California, Riverside

In this book, Shane O'Neill argues that the theory of justice must take seriously two dimensions of pluralism in the modern world. While it must acknowledge the plurality of individual conceptions of the good that is characteristic of every modern society, it must also reckon with the plurality of historically unique, culturally specific, political societies.

O'Neill offers a distinctive perspective on an extremely significant current debate about universalism and particularlism in political philosophy. Justice, he maintains, must be understood both in terms of an impartial point of view that respects differing conceptions of the good and in relation to the particular contexts in which disputes about norms and principles arise. Liberals, most notably John Rawls, have tended to privilege the former aspect of justice, while communitarians, especially Michael Walzer, have stressed the latter. O'Neill shows how Habermas's discourse ethics can overcome the limitations of these alternatives by providing theoretical tools that allow us to ground impartiality in particular contexts. This position is developed through an exploration of the complementary roles of moraland ethical discourses and an application of the theory to the political conflict in Northern Ireland.


Imprint: State University of New York Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: SUNY series in Social and Political Thought
Release date: July 1997
First published: July 1997
Authors: Shane O'Neill
Dimensions: 230 x 152 x 17mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 288
Edition: New
ISBN-13: 978-0-7914-3388-1
Barcode: 9780791433881
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > General
LSN: 0-7914-3388-9

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