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Social justice and public policySeeking fairness in diverse societies$
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Gary Craig, Tania Burchardt, and David Gordon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349347

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349347.001.0001

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Social justice and public policy: a view from political philosophy

Social justice and public policy: a view from political philosophy

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Social justice and public policy
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Wolff Jonathan

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861349347.003.0002

This chapter uses a political philosophy view to examine social justice and public policy, and is divided into four main sections. It first surveys the current state of debate on equality and social justice in political philosophy. This is followed by a study of some topics within social policy, while focusing particularly on the issue of disability. The third section suggests a way forward, by combining the suspension of some philosophical disputes and the enrichment of philosophical conceptual vocabulary. The fourth and final section reviews the advantages for political philosophy and social policy of taking such an approach.

Keywords:   political philosophy, public policy, equality, social justice, disability, philosophical disputes, conceptual vocabulary

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