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In this truly interdisciplinary study that reflects the author's work in philosophy, political science, law, and policy studies, Thomas W. Simon argues that democratic theory must address the social injustices inflicted upon disadvantaged groups. By shifting theoretical sights from justice to injustice, Simon recasts the nature of democracy and provides a new perspective on social problems. He examines the causes and effects of injustice, victims' responses to injustice, and historical theories of disadvantage, revealing that those theories have important repercussions for contemporary policy debates. Finally, Simon considers which institutions and practices come within the grasp of democracy and discusses the concept of a 'Negative Utopia,' or a future without injustice.
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Thomas W. Simon is professor of philosophy at Illinois State University. He has taught philosophy, political science and legal studies and has practiced law. He has authored over thirty articles in philosophy, political science, and law and was a Liberal Arts Fellow at Harvard Law School.Review:
His book is a timely achievement and an agenda getter in the widening conversation over democracy. (Fisk, Milton)
Simon brings considerable philosophical sophistication to his discussions of injustice, democracy, and the relationship between disadvantage and democracy, shedding light on these subjects. (The Law And Politics Book Review)
Both interesting and persuasive . . . (Greene, Jennifer Philosophy In Review)
The mixture of sociological findings, legal theory and social philosophy is most impressive. (May, Larry)
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Book Description Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1995. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0847679381