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Justice for Earthlings: Essays in Political Philosophy [Hardcover]

David Miller

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10 Jan 2013
In the past few decades social changes have impacted how we understand justice, as societies become both more multicultural and more interconnected globally. Much philosophical thought, however, seems to proceed in isolation from these developments. While philosophers from Plato onwards have portrayed justice as an abstract, universal ideal, Miller argues that principles of justice are always rooted in particular social contexts, and connects these ideas to the changing conditions of human life. In this important contribution to political philosophy, it is argued that philosophers need to pay more attention to the way that people actually think about what's fair, and only defend principles that are feasible to apply in the real world. To understand equality of opportunity, for example, we must explore the cultural constraints that people face when presented with life choices. Justice for Earthlings also explains how national boundaries make justice at global level different from social justice.


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Written by the UK's leading social justice theorist, these essays enter new territory by exploring what social justice means in multicultural societies, and why global justice is not merely social justice writ large. It contains trenchant attacks on philosophers who treat justice as a Platonic ideal beyond the reach of earthlings.

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David Miller is Professor of Political Theory and an Official Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy.

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