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Pluralism, Justice, and Equality$
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David Miller and Michael Walzer

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198280088

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198280084.001.0001

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The Empirical Study of Justice

The Empirical Study of Justice

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(p.81) 4 The Empirical Study of Justice
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Pluralism, Justice, and Equality
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Jon Elster

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198280084.003.0005

Jon Elster surveys and classifies a wide range of literature that informs the study of justice. He positions Michael Walzer's theory of justice in relation to the three main categories into which he believes studies of justice fall: descriptive, explanatory, and normative. In comparing Walzer's and his own account of the relevance of empirical findings for normative analysis, Elster aims to show that the complexity of the relationship between the two is not accurately captured by Walzer.

Keywords:   descriptive theory, empirical data, explanatory theory, justice, literature, normative theory

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