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Political Justice

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Otfried Hoffe, Otfried HoeffeProfessor of Philosophy, University of Tuebingen, Germany

ISBN13: 9780745608877
ISBN: 0745608876
Published: March 1995
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

Otfried Hoffe is one of the foremost political philosophers in Europe today. In this major work, already a classic in continental Europe, he re-examines philosophical discourse on justice - from Classical Greece to the present day.Hoffe confronts what he sees as the two major challenges to any theory of justice: the legal, positivist claim that there are no standards of justice external to legal systems: and the anarchist claim that justice demands the rejection and abolition of all legal and state systems.Hoffe sets out to continue the 'philosophical project of modernity', the legitimation of human rights, and their guarantee by the state, while at the same time rehabilitating the classical theory of political justice represented by Plato and Aristotle. He questions the success of the positivists in avoiding extra-legal normative claims, and casts doubt on the plausibility of their criticism of the Natural Law tradition. Most anarchists, he argues, rely on an uncritical assumption that social institutions other than states and legal orders do not coerce.In Hoffe's view, some coercion is unavoidable, and the grounds for its justification must be examined.;Principles of justice will be those principles which define fundamental rights, and which must be enforced if rights are to be respected.

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Translator's Preface.Author's Acknowledgments.1. Introduction: A Re-Assessment of the Discussion of Justice. Part I: The Standpoint of Political Justice.2. The Idea of Political Justice.3. The Perspective of Justice.4. Political Justice or Natural Law?5. The Myth of Legal Positivism?6. Critique of Positivist Concepts of Law. Part II: Freedom From Herrschaft or Just Herrschaft? 7. The Utopia of Freedom from Herrschaft.
8. Greed and the Birth of Herrschaft (Plato).9. The Political Nature of Mankind (Aristotle).10. Elementary Conflicts: A Thought Experiment.11. Freedom in Social Institutions. Part III: Political Justice as the Principle of a Free Society.12. Natural Justice.13. Practical Deficiences of Natural Justice.14. The Just State.15. Strategies of Political Justice.Bibliography.Index.