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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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Complex Justice, Cultural Difference, and Political Community

Complex Justice, Cultural Difference, and Political Community

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(p.45) 2 Complex Justice, Cultural Difference, and Political Community
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Pluralism, Justice, and Equality
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Joseph H. Carens (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198280084.003.0003

Joseph Carens argues that Michael Walzer's account of the moral autonomy of political communities is not true to our shared understanding of justice. Drawing upon a wide range of cross‐cultural examples, he argues that our understanding of justice requires us sometimes to criticize institutions and policies of political communities that are culturally different to our own communities. Focusing on issues of gender and democracy, he also argues that the ‘we’ who make these judgements does not always correspond to the members of a political community but can be either wider or narrower.

Keywords:   autonomy, cultural difference, democracy, gender, institutions, justice, membership, policy, political community, shared understanding

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