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Principles of Social Justice Hardcover – October 11, 1999

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (October 11, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674706285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674706286
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,969,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As with all David Miller's work, a high level of scrupulousness marks Principles of Social Justice. He remains unswayed by ideological and philosophical background noise--no mean feat with this topic--and, as always, displays a distrust of grand generalization. The exposition, lucid and wholly unpretentious, is a model of its kind. And the argument is impressively sustained throughout, with some particularly acute remarks about the role of luck in judgments of desert, and about the relevance of procedures to just outcomes. (Glen Newey Times Literary Supplement 2000-11-10)

This groundbreaking book extremely divergent views about what is required to bring about justice might be reconciled when they stem from shared beliefs at a deeper level...This is a complex and ambitious book. Instead of proposing a normative theory of social justice, Miller illustrates how different principles are used in different social contexts. His theory of justice does more than simply report popular beliefs, however. It presents principles of need, desert, and equality that are philosophically coherent and blended together to form a cohesive theory. (Dorothy Van Soest Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare 2001-06-01)

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David Miller is Official Fellow in Social and Political Theory, Nuffield College, Oxford.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "sohashi" on December 25, 2000
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I found this book very intriguing and outstanding among the other books of this kind. Since the writer argues sharply and concretely on the classic principle of Social Justice in such a contemporary and easy-to-grasp ways. It really suits for the readers of not only the pure philosophical study, but also the legal professions and the policy-makers. It is a must to read for the one who wants to know what the universe of social justice should be in a world in which economic, social, and political bounderies no longer coincide!!
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