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Justice and Equality

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Corey Lang BrettschneiderDepartment of Politics, Princeton University, USA

ISBN13: 9780754620648
ISBN: 0754620646
Published: February 2003
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print



The author demonstrates that debates about justice in political and legal philosophy are relevant to political and legal controversies around the world, and that participants in these debates should look to philosophical theories. The book focuses on the death penalty and the right to welfare.

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Contents:
Introduction - why justice is relevant to politics.
Part 1 The death penalty and punishment: introduction; revenge, pity and empathy - common roots of the death penalty debate; emotion defended; general deterrence; singular deterrence and rehabilitation; retribution; Nietzsche's critique - the link between deterrence, retribution and revenge; from punishment to ethics and political justice; philosophical foundations - utilitariansim and deterrence; hybrid theory - Rawls's Act utilitarianism; philosophical foundations - retributive and Kantian deontology; Furman vs. Georgia; the link between retributive and distributive justice.
Part 2 Welfare and distributive justice: introduction - is there a right to welfare?; Locke on property, distributive justice and welfare; Rousseau and the fundamental right to welfare; Rawls's theory of justice; Walzer and the critique of primary goods; Rawls, work and the free-rider problem; Nozick, Desert and natural talent; should there be a constitutional right to welfare?; Marx and the radical critique of the right to welfare; distributive justice, property and the right to welfare.