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Confronting InjusticeMoral History and Political Theory$
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David Lyons

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199662555

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662555.001.0001

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Epilog: From Politics to Philosophy 1

Epilog: From Politics to Philosophy 1

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Confronting Injustice
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David Lyons

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662555.003.0011

These essays challenge theorists and citizens to confront grave injustices committed by their country. They call on Americans to take a fresh look at their nation’s beginnings, such as why those who rebelled against English oppression were responsible for greater injustices against their Native American neighbors. Confronting injustice requires Americans to consider why the federal government abandoned Reconstruction after the Civil War and allowed former slave owners to establish a new system of racial oppression called Jim Crow. Confronting injustice calls upon political theorists to test their views in the crucible of social history. It challenges those who debate abstractly the idea of an obligation to obey the law to consider the implications of grievous injustices. It calls upon those who assume that their society is now “reasonably just” to ask when that transformation occurred, despite the fact that children who are black or poor lack are denied equal opportunity

Keywords:   politics, philosophy, red scare, mccarthyism, political resistance, political obligation, American history

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